Ron Washington: 'We're not giving up on Josh'
By Scott Miller | Senior Baseball Columnist
December 4, 2012 8:59 pm ET
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Rangers manager Ron Washington held out hope Tuesday that the club will not enter the 2013 season with only memories of Josh Hamilton.
“We're still in the mix and before he makes a decision, he'll give us a chance,” Washington said. “And we want that chance.”
Hamilton is in Nashville, theoretically working his way through the free-agent process, but he has not been heard from or seen publically this week.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told Texas beat writers Tuesday that he has not been in contact with Hamilton, who, according to colleague Jon Heyman, is the recipient of varying levels of interest from the Mariners, Phillies, Red Sox and Brewers.
This is Hamilton's first foray into free agency, and Washington said he has assured the Rangers that he will circle back to them before finalizing any decision. It's all tea-leaf reading right now, but the Rangers seem to remain confident that they have a real chance to retain their slugger.
“We're not giving up on Josh, but he's got to do what he's got to do,” Washington said. “It's his first time.”
The manager reiterated how comfortable Texas has been over these past five years working under the support system the club has provided Hamilton for his unique set of issues.
“And I hope that he'll take that into consideration,” Washington said. “But I know it's going to come down to dollars.”