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Rangers put Josh Hamilton talks on hold as they focus on free agent right-hander Zack Greinke

Dec 4, 2012, 9:52 PM EDT

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CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Rangers have put negotiations “on hold” with Josh Hamilton as they try to sign free agent starter Zack Greinke.

FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi tweeted earlier that the Dodgers were looking like the “clear favorite” for Greinke, but Heyman says the Texas front office is showing “signs of determination” in their quest to land the best pitcher on the market this offseason.

Greinke registered a strong 3.48 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 200/54 K/BB ratio in 212 1/3 innings this past summer between the Brewers and Angels.

The 29-year-old right-hander is said to be seeking a seven-year contract worth close to — or perhaps over — $160 million.

As for Hamilton, the market remains slow-developing. The Orioles, Phillies, Red Sox and Mariners have been linked, but at this moment it doesn’t seem like he’s going to find the $175 million deal he was rumored to be looking for. If we had to guess, we’d probably put him back with the Rangers on a five-year contract.

  1. ezthinking - Dec 4, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    I hope the Angels spend that freed up Hunter, Haren, Santana money on Grienke and locking up Trout. They have about $110 on the books judging by Cots right now. The payroll was $151 last year so there’s some real wiggle room there.

  2. dondada10 - Dec 4, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    And if we had to guess at various points last off-season, nobody would’ve guessed the deal Prince Fielder got from the Tigers.

    Hamilton is going to get paid.

  3. beefytrout - Dec 4, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    The Rangers being so active towards Hamilton just boggles my mind, unless this dude is leaving a lot of money on the table in order to return AND is willing to go no further than 4 years in contract length. Otherwise, they’re doing nothing but throwing a lot of money at a single piece that is going to set them back financially and will almost assuredly never live up to the weight of a 9-figure contract.

    • collateral96 - Dec 5, 2012 at 1:18 AM

      Yeah agreed don’t see them budging for a 5th year at all I think they’ll do what I’ve been hearing which is saving money and going after Greinke and skipping out on the bat.They will probably figure the pitching will help them more and that they have enough offense without Hamilton to win.

      • collateral96 - Dec 5, 2012 at 1:22 AM

        I’ve also seen as a Yankee fan how bad those long contracts could be with A-Rod guy is completely broken down and has no ability of staying on the field lately seems like a total waste for a guy whose 38 and on verge of having to retire.That contract at 32 was the stupidest thing I have ever seen.Now he’s a player till 42 and he’s making a boatload of money for basically doing completely nothing.Seemed like an insane idea at the time that they did it.Should have just let him leave the first time when he opted out just stupid that they decided to resign a guy whose really a huge bust after that huge contract that was also over 300 million dollars.

  4. historiophiliac - Dec 4, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    No one puts Hamy in a corner!

  5. coloradogolfcoupons - Dec 5, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    I don’t see either Greinke (Dodgers) of Hamilton (???) wearing a Rangers uniform next year. They offered Clif Lee 120 million and did not even want to go that high, so 150-160 mil for Greinke is a long shot. They won’t go over 4 years on Hamilton, maybe an option for the 5th year, and some idiot owner will give 7 years to Hamilton. Rangers need to trade for a pitcher, or hope the farm produces one.

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