Josh Hamilton won’t discuss extension during the season

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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.

Report: Twins sign Erick Aybar to minor-league deal

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The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.

Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.

Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.