Feb 23, 2012; Surprise, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers pitchers and catchers run during a workout at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
Here's the thing, though...Josh is right. He doesn't owe the Rangers anything other than to play hard when he's on the field right now. He doesn't have an obligation to cut them a deal on his next contract, or to take less than what he thinks he can get on the open market, because of the support they've given him since coming here. He probably shouldn't have said it, because of the reaction it would generate -- he probably should have just kept saying that he wanted the Rangers to be "fair," which of course is code for "willing to pay me what I'd get from the high bidder in the open market" -- but the bottom line is that he's absolutely correct. He doesn't owe the Rangers anything right now, and anyone who acts like he should take less on his next deal because of what Texas has done for him so far is wrong.
Jean-Jacques Taylor also thinks that Josh Hamilton is right, and that he doesn't owe the Rangers anything.
Hamilton says that Yu Darvish, as a rookie, will have to carry the princess backpack to the bullpen a couple of times and participate in the rookie dress-up.
Elvis Andrus will miss a couple of days of camp after having a wart removed.
Grant is looking at the five most intriguing non-roster players invited to camp, and leads off with Robbie Ross.
Sullivan's notes includes stuff on Cody Eppley wanting to earn a roster spot, Koji Uehara impressing Ron Washington early, Nelson Cruz's goal of staying healthy, and Mitch Moreland wanting to limit his swings.