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Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Josh Hamilton: Contract talks won't distract

By Richard Durrett


BALTIMORE -- Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton vowed Wednesday not to let any contract talk distract him from having a successful season.

Less than 24 hours after becoming the 16th player to hit four home runs in one game in big league history, Hamilton said his main concern is staying healthy and helping the Rangers win a World Series.

"I'm not going to let it be a distraction for me," Hamilton said. "I'm going to keep trying to play good and put up good numbers and do what I can. I think they kind of want to see things play out and see me be healthy and play and all that."

The Rangers and Hamilton's agent have an open dialogue and are talking during the season as they try to see if there's a contract that works for both sides, prior to Hamilton becoming a free agent at the end of 2012.

"There's nothing new to say about the situation," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Wednesday.

"We want Josh to remain a Ranger for a long time, and he's expressed that the feeling is mutual. Beyond that, we are not going to discuss any potential negotiations, with Josh or other players."

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