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Rangers to let Hamilton test market before starting negotiations

The Rangers plan to let former OF Josh Hamilton hit free agency before making an offer to the former AL MVP, ESPN.com reported.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told the website that the team agreed with Hamilton's representatives to allow the slugger to test the market first.

"If you've gone this far, you're going to test the market," Daniels said. "The realities are when a guy goes out and tests the market and it's this close, you're not going to pre-empt it. I think he's going to go out and test the market and see what's out there and get back to us.

"No door has been closed. We're also very realistic about when a star player hits free agency at this point and the history of them returning to their original club. So we have to prepare both ways and prepare the club for the possibility that he's not back."

Hamilton, 31, the former top overall pick by the Rays, is expected to be one of baseball's most coveted free agents this offseason, though he comes with some red flags.

Hamilton has hit .304 with a .363 on-base percentage and a .549 slugging percentage in six seasons, the past five with Texas, and won the MVP in 2010. He hit .285 with a career-high 43 home runs this season but finished poorly, being sidelined by an eye ailment then going 0-for-4 in the AL wild-card loss to the Orioles.

The oft-injured Hamilton, who resurrected his career after years of substance abuse while with the Rays organization, has played 647 of a possible 810 games for the Rangers.

AILING ORTIZ: DH David Ortiz, a potential free agent who is expected to begin contract talks with the Red Sox next week, had ultrasound treatments on his injured Achilles' tendon on Monday. He's expected to be in a walking boot for 7-10 days and will be sidelined for a total of 4-6 weeks. General manager Ben Cherington has said that Boston hopes to re-sign the slugger.

INDIANS: Sandy Alomar, the team's bench coach under former manager Manny Acta who was beaten out for the top job by Terry Francona, said he expects to remain on Francona's staff.

METS: The club plans to open negotiations soon on a long-term contract with 3B David Wright, who is eligible to become a free agent after the 2013 season. The opening offer is expected to be around $100 million, CBSSports.com reported.

ROCKIES: The contracts of hitting instructor Carney Lansford and third-base coach Rich Dauer weren't renewed in the wake of manager Jim Tracy's unexpected resignation over the weekend.

Rangers to let Hamilton test market before starting negotiations 10/09/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 8:43pm]
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