Rangers not working on extension for Josh Hamilton

Mark J. Miller
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The reigning two-time American League champion Texas Rangers spent about $94 million last year on payroll salaries. This year, after the team signed Mike Napoli to one-year, $9.4 million deal, the payroll is up around $120 million, according to the Forth Worth Star-Telegram. And the Rangers claim to be done spending.

The team will be taking 58 players, including new signings Yu Darvish and Joe Nathan, to camp, and not adding any more, GM Jon Daniels said Sunday, according to the paper.

"As far as any flexibility, we don't have any right now," Daniels said, the Star-Telegram reports. "You never want to shut the door. There's a level of interest in [Roy Oswalt and Mike Gonzalez], but as far as a fit and payroll-wise, it's not as easy as otherwise."

While the team is done with its current roster, the team will continue to try and work out some long-term extensions with a few players, though Josh Hamilton is not one of them, Daniels told the paper. "We've had varying discussions with a few different guys," Daniels said, the Star-Telegram reports. "There are those where we have more common ground than others. Now that the better part of the off-season is behind us, we'll take a closer look at those in spring training."

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