Rangers not given chance to match


Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - Con­tin­ued from C

Speak­ing Thurs­day af­ter a Rangers’ hol­i­day lun­cheon, Daniels said he had just been in­formed of the de­ci­sion by Hamil­ton’s agent, Michael Moye.

Daniels said he was dis­ap­pointed “to some de­gree,” es­pe­cially since the Rangers never got a chance to match any of­fer dur­ing the process, as they had ex­pected. Or at least get con­tacted be­fore Hamil­ton agreed with an­other team.

“I never ex­pected that he was go­ing to tell us to the dol­lar what they had, and a chance to of­fer it. Our full ex­pec­ta­tion, the phone call was go­ing to be be­fore he signed, and cer­tainly not af­ter,” Daniels said. “Ev­ery­body’s got to make their own calls.”

Hamil­ton joins a team that spent big last off­sea­son to add first base­man Al­bert Pu­jols for $240 mil­lion and pitcher C.J. Wil­son — Hamil­ton’s Texas team­mate — for $77.5 mil­lion. Yet, the An­gels dis­ap­pointed and failed to make the play­offs.

“He’s a tremen­dous tal­ent and I think that they’ve shown they’re go­ing to be in on a lot of the best play­ers out there,” Daniels said. “No sug­ar­coat­ing it, we wanted the player back. And he signed with the An­gels. They’re bet­ter.”

The agree­ment came days af­ter the Los An­ge­les Dodgers added pitch­ers Zack Greinke and Ryu Hyun-jin, boost­ing their pay­roll over $200 mil­lion.

Greinke, an­other off­sea­son tar­get, said he chose the Dodgers over the Rangers.

Hamil­ton’s ad­di­tion to the An­gels out­field means Mark Trumbo could be moved to third base or traded. Peter Bour­jos and Ver­non Wells also are among the out­field­ers com­pet­ing for time un­less a trade is made.

Man­ager Mike Scios­cia will have an in­ter­est­ing de­ci­sion to make on where in the bat­ting or­der to slot in Pu­jols, AL Rookie of the Year Mike Trout and Hamil­ton, a five-time All-Star. He has a .260 ca­reer av­er­age at An­gel Sta­dium with five

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