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Rangers prez Ryan expects Hamilton to explore free agency

by | CBSSports.com Baseball Blogger

Plenty of Rangers fans would love to see the team reach a deal with Josh Hamilton before he hits free agency this offseason, but it sounds like team president Nolan Ryan is resigned to the fact that Hamilton will test the free-agent waters.

Ryan said he didn't expect Hamilton to sign a new contract until "end of November into December," according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

"We haven't carried on negotiations in the season because we don't feel like it's fair to Josh and we don't want to do something that would be a distraction," Ryan told reporters, including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, on Friday. "We certainly are in hopes that we're able to work a deal out with him, but I think they probably have the mindset that they'll go through the season and see what happens and see what the market is for Josh Hamilton."

Hamilton said he's praying about his free agency, but he's "comfortable" in Texas. Although, that may not be the advantage you'd think it is.

"I want to do His will more than mine, so I don't necessarily want to do what's comfortable for me or my family," Hamilton told the Star-Telegram. "If he has us leave and go somewhere else, it might not be comfortable, but you know what? That's going to draw me closer to Him and have a better relationship with Him. … It's not about where I want to be. It's about where He wants me to be."

I'm guessing that's not Kansas City or Pittsburgh, but I wouldn't expect water to suddenly turn into wine, either.


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