Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/15/12
Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton told reporters contract negotiations can remain open until the start of 2012 spring training.

Hamilton, who won the 2010 American League MVP, said once spring training begins he wants to focus on baseball and not his pending contract. Hamilton says he doesn’t need this contract to be his last, but would like a long-term deal and would prefer to stay in Texas.

The Rangers are known for completing long-term deals during spring training. Some concerns are still at the forefront, like Hamilton’s recent health issues and his checkered past with drugs and alcohol. He is set to earn $13.75 million this season and will become a free agent in 2013.

Hamilton hit .298 BA with 25 home runs in 121 games last season, also helping Texas return to the World Series for the second straight year.
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