MLB notes: Rangers will let Hamilton test free agency

Texas Rangers Josh Hamilton reacts after striking out against the Oakland Athletics during their...

Texas Rangers Josh Hamilton reacts after striking out against the Oakland Athletics during their MLB American League baseball game in Oakland, California October 3, 2012. (REUTERS)

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The Texas Rangers don't plan to make a pitch to try to retain Josh Hamilton before the slugging outfielder becomes a free agent after the World Series.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Tuesday he wasn't ruling out Hamilton's possible return, but he didn't sound enthusiastic.

"We're not going to make a kind of preemptive proposal at this point," Daniels told MLB.com.

"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.

"We're also very realistic about when a star player hits free agency at this point, the history of them returning to their original club. I think we have to prepare both ways and prepare the club for the possibility that he's not back. But we haven't closed any doors."

Hamilton, 31, hit .285 with 43 home runs and 128 RBI this season, his fifth with the Rangers.

ORTIZ, SOX TO TALK

Designated hitter David Ortiz is expected to talk contract with the Boston Red Sox next week.

Signing the 36-year-old is a priority for the Red Sox, general manager Ben Cherington said at the end of the season.

Ortiz, meanwhile, is getting ultrasound treatments on his injured right Achilles' tendon, which sidelined him for a chunk of the past season.

He played in just 90 games, hitting .318 with 23 homers and 60 RBI.

TV RATINGS SLIP

MLB broadcasts during the season had record-low viewership in the U.S.

Fox averaged a 1.7 rating and 2.5 million viewers for its Saturday regionalized telecasts during the season, the lowest numbers since the network acquired the rights in 1996, The Sports Business Daily reported.

ESPN averaged a 1.2 U.S. rating and 1.8 million viewers for Sunday Night Baseball -- the lowest rating since 2005. Sixteen teams had ratings declines for local broadcasts.

BRIEFLY

The Toronto Blue Jays removed pitcher Robert Coello from their 40-man roster Tuesday after the right-hander came off the 60-day disabled list. Coello, 27, made six relief appearances in June before being sidelined by elbow inflammation ... Pitcher Jaime Garcia has been taken off the St. Louis Cardinals playoff roster because of a rotator cuff inflammation. He would be able to return for the World Series should the Cardinals qualify.


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