Jon Daniels and Josh Hamilton were in the same room, sort of, for roughly two hours around lunchtime Sunday.
They weren’t in a room, really, nor were they alone together hammering out a multiyear contract to keep the outfielder with the Texas Rangers.
But the club’s general manager and the five-time All-Star, along with wife Katie, were on the same American Airlines flight from DFW Airport to the winter meetings.
Hamilton will likely be the top storyline this week at the Gaylord Opryland, as he tests free agency for the first time in his career. He reportedly opened the off-season seeking a seven-year deal worth $175 million.
He isn’t likely to get that length of contract, but a $25 million average annual salary might be within the Rangers’ reach over a shorter term. They also have interest in the other big free agent, right-hander Zack Greinke, and have discussed with ownership scenarios in which they could add two significant contracts.
*For every trade rumor this week involving the Rangers, top prospect Jurickson Profar is sure to be mentioned. It would take an extraordinary deal for the Rangers to ship him away.
But here’s a bit of news on Profar: The shortstop developed from inflammation in his right/throwing forearm while playing for Licey in the Dominican Winter League.
The Rangers do not believe the injury is serious, but Profar won’t play the rest of the winter. He hit .158 (6 for 38) in 15 games.
*Agent Alan Nero said that the Rangers are among six teams that have shown interest in Japanese free-agent infielder Kensuke Tanaka.
Tanaka, primarily a second baseman, played with Yu Darvish for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, and wants to make the jump to the major leagues.
The 31-year-old is a .294 career hitters with a .366 on-base percentage in six seasons, but he has only 26 homers.
-- Jeff Wilson