(HOUSTON) — Texas Rangers president and CEO Nolan Ryan doesn’t see a deal getting done with slugger Josh Hamilton before the season ends in September.
“We haven’t carried on the negotiations during the season because we don’t feel like it’s fair to Josh,” said Ryan, “And we don’t want to do something that will be a distraction.”
Right now Hamilton has a chance to win the Triple Crown for Texas, but Ryan says things will fold out as time goes on.
“Things will have to play out. I truly think he would like to stay in Arlington, the Metroplex and be a member of the Texas Rangers. I think he’s very comfortable and his family is very comfortable. We are certainly in hopes that we’ll be able to work a deal out with him. But I think [Hamilton and his agent] had the mindset they’ll go through the season and see what happens and see what the market is for Josh Hamilton. It’s hard to make any kind of prediction where that will go. I think it’s probably pretty much where we are.”
As for Hamilton, he isn’t worried about the free agent process.
“I wouldn’t be worried about free agency [because] I’m going to concentrate on the Rangers and play baseball for this year and that’s what I’m doing,” he said. “I’m praying a lot about it; God will show up whether I’ll be here or somewhere else. It’s not about where I want to be — it’s where he wants me to be.”
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Jill Martin, CNN
Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire