MLB Playoffs Notebook: Hamilton will test free-agent market

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Outfielder Josh Hamilton will become a free agent this offseason after Texas general manager Jon Daniels said Tuesday the Rangers are "not going to make a kind of pre-emptive proposal at this point."

Contract negotiations between Hamilton and the Rangers were put on hold earlier this year.

"I think that effectively what we decided internally and agreed on with Josh and his representatives during the spring was that was the process," Daniels said. "We're going to let it play out. If you put yourself in his shoes, if you've got this far, you're going to test the market, find out what's out there. I think that's understandable."

Hamilton hit a career-high 43 homers and drove in 128 runs but was lustily booed by Rangers fans while going 0 for 4 in a wild-card playoff game loss Friday night against the Baltimore Orioles, the same team he hit four homers against May 8.

There also was a dropped routine popup in the regular-season finale, a two-out tiebreaking miscue that allowed the Oakland A's to score two runs and go ahead to stay.

He missed five games on a September trip because of a cornea problem he said was caused by too much caffeine and energy drinks.

"Obviously I think Josh probably would have liked to finish stronger, and we would have liked to see him finish stronger," team president Nolan Ryan said. "Will it impact our position as far as going forward? No, I don't think so.

"We'll consider the entire season because it is an entire season that affects the outcome."

The Rangers were division leaders for a majors-best 178 games this season, taking the AL West lead four games into the season and staying there alone until Oakland caught them in the 161st game. They then lost, 12-5, at Oakland on the final day of the regular season, after taking an early 5-1 lead.

That made the Rangers a wild-card team, and they lost the one-game playoff, 5-1.

Cardinals alter playoff roster

St. Louis removed pitcher Jaime Garcia from its National League Division Series roster, a day after the left-hander lasted only two innings of his Game 2 start because of an ailing shoulder. An MRI revealed a strained rotator cuff and inflammation in his throwing shoulder. He will be replaced on the playoffs roster by highly touted rookie right-hander Shelby Miller, and Lance Lynn will take his spot in the starting rotation if the Cardinals reach the NL Championship Series.

Delayed by train

The New York Yankees got a taste of the commuter's life Monday night and Tuesday morning when power problems on the their train line delayed their departure from Baltimore.

They were then forced to switch to buses for a late-night trip home after a 3-2 loss in Game 2 of the American League Division Series.

The Yankees arrived at the Baltimore train station about 1 a.m. Tuesday but were delayed about an hour.

The train experienced further electrical disruptions about 30 minutes into the trip.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said in a conference call Tuesday that, after the train arrived in Aberdeen, Md., the team switched to buses.

The Yankees finally arrived in New York about 6 a.m.

Rockies make changes

The contracts of Colorado Rockies hitting instructor Carney Lansford and third-base coach Rich Dauer were not renewed in the wake of manager Jim Tracy's unexpected resignation over the weekend.

Lansford served two seasons under Tracy, and the Rockies batted .274 this season, tops in the National League. They hit just .241 on the road, however, as they finished 64-98, worst in franchise history.

Dauer spent four years as the bench coach and seven seasons in the organization. He also served as Colorado's infield coach and coordinator of all defensive positions.

Big loss off the field

Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker has gone through a lot the past month, including a mini-stroke that kept him away from the team for 12 days.

In his time away, he lost 22 pounds.



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