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November 02, 2012

Josh Hamilton gets qualifying offer, Mike Napoli doesn't from Rangers

The Rangers, almost as a formality, made a one-year qualifying offer of $13.3 million to free-agent outfielder Josh Hamilton ahead of the afternoon deadline, but decided not to offer catcher Mike Napoli.

Hamilton is expected to turn down the offer by next Friday as he seeks a multiyear contract. The move ensures that the Rangers will receive draft-pick compensation should he not return.

It was tougher call on Napoli, who the Rangers hope to re-sign. But $13.3 million, a figure determined though the CBA, is more than they are comfortable paying, said general manager Jon Daniels.

"At the predetermined figure, we weren't comfortable there," Daniels said. "We'd like to have Mike back."

The Rangers haven't closed the door on Hamilton, who has said that the Rangers will get an opportunity to match the best offer he receives from another club.

-- Jeff Wilson

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