Josh Hamilton said he wanted to stay in Texas. The Rangers were operating under the assumption they would get the last chance to at least talk to him.

But on Saturday, Hamilton and his wife, Katie, expressed disappointment that the Rangers did not chase after him harder as a free agent.

"I mean, I gave them everything I had for five years," Hamilton said. "So I'd be lying to you if I said it didn't bother you a little bit, that they didn't put the press on. My wife explained it very eloquently."

Hamilton and his wife spoke at a news conference in Anaheim, where he was introduced as the newest member of the Angels. Hamilton agreed to a five-year, $125 million contract with the Angels last Wednesday, ending his five-year stay with the Rangers.

"My take on it was that we were with them for five years," Katie Hamilton said. "If you're going to date somebody and that's going to be your man or your woman, then you make it official and make it known pretty quick, or at some point, that you want to be with them. They let us date other teams [at the Winter Meetings] and Josh said that's it, that he'd give them the first chance. They didn't take him up on that. They let us go out and date people and kind of give our hearts away."

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels was told the news by Hamilton's agent, Mike Moye, on Thursday. That was the day after Hamilton accepted the Angels' offer. At the time, Daniels said he was disappointed the Rangers weren't at least able to have one more conversation with Moye. The Rangers were operating under the assumption that Hamilton would fully explore the market and then give them one last chance to at least talk with him before he made a final decision. The Rangers assumed that Moye had agreed to work it that way.

On Saturday, Daniels declined to discuss the negotiating process any more.

"We wish him well," Daniels said. "It was a very productive, mutually beneficial relationship we had for five years. It was a unique player-organization relationship and we wish him well."

Length of contract was the deciding factor. The Rangers indicated they would do a four-year deal with Hamilton. Last Wednesday, the Angels came through with a fifth year on their offer and it was basically a take-it or leave-it proposition. Hamilton was given a short period of time by the Angels to accept and he did so on Wednesday without telling the Rangers.