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Thursday, December 13, 2012
Texas didn't get chance to match Josh Hamilton offer

By Richard Durrett


FORT WORTH, Texas -- Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels expressed disappointment that his club wasn't given the opportunity to match the Angels' offer to Josh Hamilton. He said he wasn’t expecting that they’d know “to the dollar” what the offers were, but he still felt the club would get a final chance to respond. Daniels didn't say whether the club would have matched what is a five-year, $125 million contract from the Angels, sources told ESPN.com.

“Our full expectation was that the phone call was going to be before he signed, certainly not after and giving us an idea,” Daniels said.

Daniels said Hamilton indicated last week that it “might be time to move on,” but the two sides were still talking.

“I thought we had additional conversations this week that had moved it along in a positive direction,” Daniels said. “Apparently not.

“It’s business and everybody has to make their own calls and he has a family to look out for. I get it. Josh has done a lot for the organization. The organization has done a lot for Josh -- a lot of things that aren’t public and things of that nature. I’m a little disappointed in how it was handled, but he had a decision to make and he made it.”