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May 09, 2012

Josh Hamilton knows very little about contract talks

Josh Hamilton continued to maintain that he knows nothing of the on-going contract talks between the Rangers and his agent, Mike Moye.

That subject was wildly popular Wednesday after his four-homer game a night earlier. Hamilton can be a free agent after this season, but Hamilton’s performance did nothing to intensify talks.

"There’s nothing new to say about the situation,” general manager Jon Daniels. "We want Josh to remain a Ranger for a long time, and he’s expressed that the feeling is mutual. Beyond that, we are not going to discuss any potential negotiations, with Josh or other players."

Rangers brass, including principal owner Bob Simpson, met last month with Moye at Rangers Ballpark shortly before announcing an extension for second baseman Ian Kinsler.

Speculation was rampant Wednesday that Hamilton could garner as much as $25 million a year over the course of a long-term deal. He will turn 32 next year in what will be the first year of his new contract.

Hamilton said that the contract isn’t his motivation for the hot start to his season, and said that the Rangers might be waiting to see if he can stay healthy this season before talks heat up.

He has only one season with more than 150 games, but won the American League MVP in 2010 while playing in 133 games.

"It's weird," Hamilton said. "Even though I hadn’t been healthy except one year, I've still put up numbers that guys would put up in a full year. That's something for them to think about and me not to worry about."

-- Jeff Wilson

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