Josh Hamilton wants a contract extension before the season

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Josh Hamilton is recovering from hernia surgery, but in the meantime the former MVP told Jean-Jacques Taylor of ESPN Dallas that he would like to sign a contract extension with the Rangers before Opening Day.

Last winter the Rangers bought out Hamilton’s final two arbitration-eligible seasons with a two-year, $24 million contract, so he’s now one season away from free agency at age 31.

Hamilton stressed that he loves playing in Texas and isn’t giving the Rangers any kind of ultimatum, adding “it always comes down to being treated fairly … treat me fair and don’t come in with no ridiculously low stuff.”

Hamilton has missed 73, 29, and 41 games during the past three seasons and committing big money through his mid-30s would be a big risk for the Rangers, but when asked about how much money it might take to get a deal done Nolan Ryan replied: “I don’t have a feel for what that is right now.”