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Rangers table contract talks with Josh Hamilton

2/3/2012

On the heels of Josh Hamilton's second relapse with alcohol in three years, Texas Rangers GM Jon Daniels and agent Michael Moye have agreed to table any contract discussions concerning the star outfielder, who is entering the last year of a two-year, $24 million deal.

"Obviously it's something that we've got to address and address within this context," said Daniels, who met with Hamilton on Thursday. "But I just want to be clear on something from our perspective. This is not a baseball story how we view it, how I view it. This is real. This is something that Josh deals with, an addiction, an issue that he has that affects him and the people around him that care about him. He's a husband, he's a father, first and foremost, and that's where our head is, to make sure he has the support he needs and his family needs going forward."

Hamilton, who hoped to sign a contract extension before spring training, wrapped up his news conference by saying, "It would be nice if it was talking about a contract, but we'll put that on the back burner for a while."