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January 24, 2009

Braving the cold at Fan Fest

Some fans started lining up around 5 a.m. for a chance to get a Josh Hamilton autograph during Fan Fest at Rangers Ballpark at Arlington. Ben Sheets was not among them. It couldn't have been much colder then than it was when Hamilton started signing at 10 a.m. for two hours inside the Diamond Club.

Michael Young was there at 10 a.m., too, for an hour's worth of autographs. He revealed that he and general manager Jon Daniels had their first meeting since the infamous session in December when Daniels asked/told Young to be a third baseman.

Meeting No. 2 was Wednesday at the Ballpark, and both parties tried to downplay what happened. Young and Daniels said on Saturday that there's no need to make a big deal out of any possible strain in their relationship. It seems both understand the other's side of the story and are respectful of that, though Young said again that he still doesn't think he should be at third base.

As for Sheets, the Rangers haven't had any contact with agent Casey Close since dining with him and his client Wednesday night. Asked if a deal could be done by Monday, a person familiar with the situation said anything's possible, including Sheets signing with the Mets.

-- Jeff Wilson

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