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Josh Hamilton: Rangers get first shot

Updated: March 19, 2012, 5:27 PM ET
ESPNDallas.com

While he says his loyalty is to the Texas Rangers, outfielder Josh Hamilton made it clear Monday that it would be in the team's best interests financially to re-sign him sooner rather than later.

"Free agency is free agency," Hamilton told ESPN analyst Jim Bowden on his "Inside Pitch" radio show on Sirius XM satellite radio. "If they sign me now, it'd probably cost less. If they sign me there (free agency), it'd cost more. So we'll see.

"Obviously, I told the Rangers that ...

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