FORT WORTH, Texas The normally pleasant Texas Rangers media luncheon took a turn late Thursday afternoon.
That's when Texas general manager Jon Daniels ducked out of the banquet room at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel and took a call from Mike Moye, Josh Hamilton's agent.
Moye informed the club that Hamilton had agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Angels. He's leaving the Rangers after five seasons and leaving the club without a chance to make a final pitch, something they hoped would be the case.
"This wasn't like restricted free agency in the NFL with an offer sheet," Daniels said. "I never expected he was going to tell us to the dollar what they had and a chance to offer it. Our full expectation was that the phone call was going to be before he signed, certainly not after, kind of giving us an idea."
Daniels said that, last week, Hamilton had indicated to the Rangers that it might be time to move on, but both sides were still talking.