LOS ANGELES —
Moreno and manager Mike Scioscia didn’t immediately respond to phone messages.
The Angels allowed free agent outfielder Torii Hunter to sign with Detroit, and he reacted to his former team’s latest move on his Twitter account.
“I was told money was tight but I guess the Arte had money hidden under a Mattress. Business is business but don’t lie,” Hunter wrote.
He followed up with the comment, “Great signing for the Angels. One of the best players in baseball.”
Texas had hoped to re-sign Hamilton, who led the Rangers to consecutive World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011. They made a $13.3 million qualifying offer at the Nov. 2 deadline, ensuring the team draft-pick compensation if Hamilton signed elsewhere. The Rangers will receive an extra selection immediately following the first round of June’s amateur draft. The deal cost the Angels a first-round selection in the draft.
Speaking Thursday after a Rangers’ holiday luncheon, Daniels said he had just been informed of the decision by Hamilton’s agent, Michael Moye.
Daniels said he was disappointed “to some degree,” especially since the Rangers never got a chance to match any offer during the process, as they had expected. Or at least get contacted before Hamilton agreed with another team.
“I never expected that he was going to tell us to the dollar what they had, and a chance to offer it. Our full expectation, the phone call was going to be before he signed, and certainly not after,” Daniels said. “Everybody’s got to make their own calls.
“He’s a tremendous talent and I think that they’ve shown they’re going to be in on a lot of the best players out there. No sugarcoating it, we wanted the player back. And he signed with the Angels. They’re better,” Daniels said.