Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said that nothing has changed since he last spoke to the media about Josh Hamilton last week, and so far he has no plans to speak with the free-agent outfielder or his agent this week at the winter meetings.
That would seem almost certain to change as teams close in on the All-Star slugger. The Rangers want him back, and it appears as though they have emerged as a more serious contender than they were at the end of the season.
Daniels said that he doesn't know which teams are chasing Hamilton, and he doesn't believe most of what has been written about the 2010 American League MVP.
The Rangers' preferred course would be to offer Hamilton an ample average annual salary over a short term, perhaps three years with a vesting option. Hamilton entered the off-season seeking a seven-year, $175 million contract.
Hamilton is in Nashville, Tenn., apparently to meet with his suitors. He and Daniels were on the same flight Sunday from DFW Airport.
-- Jeff Wilson