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The latest in the ongoing Kenny Rogers saga...Tom Hicks wants an apology from Rogers if the Rangers are going to sign him:

Like his general manager did a day earlier,Texas Rangers owner Tom Hicks said Wednesday that under "certain circumstances," he would welcome a fourth marriage between the club and free agent pitcher Kenny Rogers.

Hicks also made clear what those "certain circumstances" would entail: Some degree of a public apology from Rogers for the way his last tour with the Rangers ended in 2005.

"He's got to take care of some unfinished business," Hicks said. "He's got to apologize."

That may be appropriate, but here's what I'm wondering...do the Rangers need to apologize to Rogers because someone in their organization told reporters that Rogers was ducking a start to try to protect his stats? If that person is still in the organization, isn't Rogers entitled to an apology from that guy, as well?

The quotes from Anthony Andro's article make it sound less than likely that Hicks feels that way:

"I would consider letting him sign a short-term contract with us," Hicks said. "Those certain circumstances would have to be met. He has to take care of some unfinished business."

Hicks said that unfinished business would include an apology to the Rangers and the fans.

"If you don't want to do that, play somewhere else," Hicks said.

Yeah, it doesn't sound like Hicks is real interested in bringing Rogers back.

Also from Andro:

Hicks also said that free-agent center fielder Torii Hunter, who lives in Prosper, is seeking a seven-year contract. That figures to be a tough sell for a Rangers team that is getting younger. Hunter is 32.

Good grief. If it is going to take a seven year deal to land Hunter, then I think you can forget about him being a Ranger. I don't think there's any chance they do that.

Evan Grant also talks about the Jeff Cogen reassignment, and goes through some possible successors, including a couple of candidates -- John Hart and George W. Bush -- who, one would hope, Hicks would know better than to bring in because of the negative effect their presence would have on a good chunk of the fan base.