Asked if the Rangers yet had parameters to consider for a possible deal, Ryan responded, “Obviously, I think everybody in their mind has what their tolerance is.” Again, he didn't elaborate.
During the season, Hamilton and the team put on hold negotiations about a new deal. They agreed then that Hamilton and his agent would get a feel for what the market is and then get back to the Rangers.
Ryan said that hasn't changed, but that the team can't be waiting until January for a resolution.
“I don't think you can just sit around and say we have to wait and see what happens with Josh. I think we'll get a feel here shortly where we think that might be going,” Ryan said. “But we also have to be out there seeing what opportunities are out there, whether there's opportunities for the club. … If you just sit back and wait you might miss an opportunity that you might regret, or feel like you could have done something.”
Ryan and new Rangers hitting coach Dave Magadan were at the ballpark as part of an outreach event sponsored by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum to encourage junior high students from the Arlington area to follow foundations of healthy living.
Magadan, hired last week and the only change to manager Ron Washington's staff, was the last hitter Ryan ever faced in the majors.
That was in the first inning at Seattle on Sept. 23, 1993, when Ryan sustained a torn ligament in his right elbow while throwing a pitch. Ryan walked off the mound, and Texas reliever Steve Dreyer issued a walk that was charged to Ryan.
“I lie to people and say he was scared to face me,” Magadan said.
When Magadan was hired after six seasons as Boston's hitting coach, Ryan had no clue about their connection. They talked about it Wednesday.
“I told him, my elbow was killing me in the bullpen that day and I was thinking if I could just get through the game. … And it finally popped,” Ryan said. “I faced him a lot and I'm really thrilled that we have him because I really think he's a nice addition to our coaching staff, and think he's going to bring a very positive message.”