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Saturday morning Rangers news and links
Happy Saturday, everyone.
Per people on Twitter, the Dodgers won the bidding for Ryu Hyun-jin. Of course they did.
Yesterday, Bob Nightengale reported that the Rangers weren't willing to go more than three years on a deal for Josh Hamilton. Today, Evan Grant writes that that isn't true:
According to one official, parameters for a potential offer haven’t even been discussed internally.
Personally, I find it difficult to believe that it hasn't even been discussed, unless the Rangers have simply decided they aren't making an offer.
As expected, Josh Hamilton declined the Rangers' qualifying offer yesterday, which means that the Rangers will get a draft choice in the supplemental first round of the draft if Hamilton signs elsewhere.
Jeff Wilson has a story about the Rangers still being in the mix for Hamilton, as well as having interest in a number of free agent pitchers.
T.R. Sullivan has a story about the Rangers' various targets this offseason, talking about B.J. Upton, Justin Upton, and Torii Hunter as players of interest, while calling the Rangers' interest in Nick Swisher "lukewarm" and saying that they are not planning on pursuing Michael Bourn.
Gerry Fraley writes that new Rangers hitting coach Dave Magadan would be on board with the team having an assistant hitting coach.
Magadan says he wants to focus on situational hitting with the Rangers' hitters.