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Don't Buy Rangers' Whining on Hamilton

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The Texas Rangers lost their best player to a division rival Thursday. General manager Jon Daniels responded by telling reporters he was “disappointed” to not receive a phone call from Josh Hamilton or his agent with an opportunity to match.

If the Rangers truly wanted to keep Hamilton, that wouldn’t have been the end game.

Hamilton wasn’t the Rangers’ first choice among free agents. Zack Greinke was. He wasn’t their first choice among readily available outfielders. Justin Upton was — and may still be. Amid the spin following Hamilton’s sudden decision...

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