01/30/12 1:21 AM EST
Rangers' meeting with Oswalt exploratory
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
General manager Jon Daniels acknowledged the club's interest in Oswalt but declined to discuss Monday's meeting."He's somebody we've talked about, but we're happy with our rotation and our pitching staff," Daniels said. "He's intriguing, but I'm not sure exactly how it fits." The Rangers may have other, more pressing concerns, as arbitration hearings are scheduled with Elvis Andrus on Feb. 9, Mike Napoli on Feb. 15 and Nelson Cruz on Feb. 17. As February approaches, Texas could be looking at going to an actual arbitration hearing for the first time since 2000. Feb. 17 is also significant for another reason, as that's the day Josh Hamilton expects to arrive in Arizona for Spring Training. Hamilton is eligible to be a free agent after the upcoming season, and he has set the beginning of Spring Training as a deadline for any negotiations. The Rangers would like to sign Hamilton to a contract extension, but they will also respect his deadline. Daniels expects the Rangers to have multiple conversations with Hamilton's agent, Mike Moye, in the next few weeks. "We value Josh, and he likes being in Texas," Daniels said. "We're going to have discussions to see if a deal can be worked out. If not, we'll focus on 2012 and revisit it later. I think the deadline makes a lot of sense. Josh has talked about it being a distraction that we don't need. There will be enough other things going around." Hamilton is signed for this season at $13.75 million, having signed a two-year contract on Feb. 11 of last year.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.