No meeting with Josh Hamilton's agent yet
Asked if he would be speaking to Hamilton's representatives at some point in Nashville, Daniels responded: “We may, but I don’t have anything set in stone right now.”
Daniels and Hamilton were on the same flight from Dallas to Nashville on Sunday and the two chatted, though they weren't hammering out contract details. Daniels said he assumes Hamilton is in Nashville to speak to other prospective clubs. The Rangers remain interested in the free-agent slugger, who could get a better idea of his market value this week. It’s possible Hamilton returns to Arlington, assuming the bidding doesn’t go crazy and the club could land him with a shorter-term deal, maybe three years with a vesting option for a fourth year based on Hamilton’s health.
Daniels said he doesn’t know where the market is for Hamilton at this moment, but he isn’t buying the idea that it’s “soft.”
“I don’t believe any of that stuff,” Daniels said. “Not specifically to Josh, but any time somebody says, ‘We’re out on this guy or we’re not going big,’ it’s usually the opposite.”
Daniels joked that he’s going the other direction, saying the team is “in big on everybody.”
“It’s the time of year where everybody is out on everybody until they sign them to some huge contract,” Daniels said. “We’re the same. The (Yu) Darvish thing last year, I’m not going to pretend that we didn’t downplay that a little bit. There’s value to not having your business all over the place. This is a very tough time of year to do that.”
But it’s clear that the Rangers want him back, if the right deal is available. Daniels doesn’t know if anything will get resolved or if the picture will get clearer this week. But it isn’t stopping the Rangers from exploring other options on multiple fronts -- like Zack Greinke, for instance. Daniels said if the time comes when they need to make a call on one thing that would impact Hamilton, they’d try to speed up Hamilton’s timetable. But they’re not there yet.
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