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.