Hamilton, Rangers have positive contract talks

BY foxsports • February 7, 2011

By Mike Piellucci
FOXSportsSouthwest.com

Amid talks that Michael Young could be playing for a different team next season, another prominent Ranger is making headway on a new contract with the club.

AL MVP Josh Hamilton told Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News and other media members on Monday that he is negotiating a two-year deal that would buy out his two remaining seasons of arbitration, hoping to reach an agreement ahead of next Monday's arbitration date.

Per Grant, a midpoint between Hamilton's request of $12 million and the Rangers' $8.7 million offer is $10.35 million, and contract talks are moving amicably. Despite that optimism, Hamilton says he still is bracing himself to go to arbitration.

"You've got to look at it that way," Hamilton said. "If it happens, you're ready. If not, that's what everybody wants to happen. The talks have gotten better. We feel like we're moving in the right direction toward each other. But it's not about me and what I get. It's about the guys coming after me and doing the same thing the guys did who came before me."

It should be noted that should such an agreement be reached, the club would risk losing sole negotiation rights to Hamilton at the end of next season instead of holding them through arbitration.

The last time such a contract was agreed to was with Mark Teixeira, who the team wound up trading to Atlanta in 2007 in exchange for a package that brought Elvis Andrus and Neftali Feliz to the club.

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