3/4/2014 5:10 P.M. ET
Hamilton takes backseat to Kinsler in ire of Texas
By Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Josh Hamilton may no longer be public enemy No. 1 in Texas.
The title belonged to C.J. Wilson in 2012, until Hamilton took it from him by signing with the Angels and calling Dallas a "football town." Now, it's Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler, who said in an 'ESPN The Magazine' story that he hopes the Rangers go 0-162 and called general manager Jon Daniels "a sleazeball."
Asked about the comments from his ex-teammate, Hamilton smiled and said: "At least I won't be the only villain in Texas now."
A few hours later, Hamilton tweeted what appeared to be a playful nudge at Kinsler, writing: Not any fun being in the Texas doghouse, is it @IKinsler3?
Hamilton wasn't surprised by Kinsler's comments.
"He's very competitive," Hamilton said of his teammate from 2008-12.
Asked from Tigers camp about his comments, which were published online Tuesday morning, Kinsler said "the story was written for drama and taken a little out of context, but it is what it is, and I really don't have anything else to say besides that."
"He's his own man," Hamilton said. "He can speak how he wants to speak."
Angels reach agreement with pre-arbitration players
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels reached agreement with all 25 of their pre-arbitration players on Tuesday, a list that includes Kole Calhoun, Dane De La Rosa, Garrett Richards, Hector Santiago, J.B. Shuck, Tyler Skaggs and Mike Trout.
Teams determine the salaries of unsigned players with between zero and three years of Major League service time, with the only requirement being the Major League minimum ($500,000 in 2014). As a formality, players either "agree" to their salaries or get "renewed." This year, all 25 of the Angels' players "agreed."
To determine pre-arbitration salaries, the Angels use a sliding-scale system that gives significantly more weight to service time than performance. But they broke that rule for Trout, who was signed to a $1 million contract that's the highest ever for a pre-arbitration player.
Heads-up play by Stewart proves costly
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Ian Stewart's daughter, Ellsi, was lying stomach-first on the bed watching TV on Sunday night when the veteran third baseman playfully lunged at her and she suddenly lifted her head up, banging Stewart in the nose and forcing him to get scratched from the Angels' lineup on Monday.
She's only 4.
"Big head, though," Stewart joked Tuesday morning, just before returning to baseball activities after doctors ruled out a broken nose and a concussion.
The freak injury basically makes Stewart this year's Sean Burnett, the Angels reliever who tweaked his back while picking up his 4-year-old son and putting him in a shopping cart last spring.
"She just kind of looked at me and laid back down and watched her movie," Stewart said, "and I thought I had a broken nose, because I heard like a crunchy sound. I just remember having a headache immediately."
• Hamilton took batting practice and played catch early on Tuesday morning, but the Angels' outfielder -- seven days removed from sustaining a strained left calf that was expected to keep him out at least two weeks -- still hasn't run. "Even if I felt good today, they wouldn't let me [play], so I can't really put a time frame on it," Hamilton said.
• C.J. Cron homered and Michael Morin gave up three runs in one inning during a 'B' game in Goodyear, Ariz., on Tuesday morning. Mark Sappington (three innings), Michael Roth (three innings) and Hunter Green (one inning) each had scoreless outings.
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.