If the Rangers want to luck up outfielder Josh Hamilton, they better get the wheels in motion.
According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the 30-year-old slugger has informed the club’s higher-ups that he will not negotiate a long-term contract extension during the season — spring training included. So if the Rangers can’t sign him to a deal within the next month, they will have to wait until the fall and risk him hitting the open market.
Hamilton is entering the final season of a two-year, $24 million contract that he signed in February 2011.
The 2010 American League MVP hit .298/.346/.536 with 25 homers and 94 RBI in 121 games last season.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Red Sox have offered a contract to Astros’ bench coach Alex Cora, though the deal won’t be officially announced until the conclusion of the World Series later this month. Cora has long been a favorite for the Sox’ managerial vacancy, and despite reports that he was being pursued by the Tigers, Mets, Phillies and Nationals, he’s expected to land in Boston after all. The team has yet to verify the report.
The deal is for three years, per the Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. Cora is coming off of a one-year gig with the Astros and has no prior managerial experience. More importantly, however, he stands out for his familiarity with the Red Sox’ organization, strong connection with players and analytics-driven approach.
The Red Sox are the second team to replace their manager this offseason after the Tigers snatched up Ron Gardenhire on Friday. The Mets, Phillies and Nationals are still hunting for replacements.