Nothing much has changed on the Josh Hamilton front, at least from the Texas Rangers' perspective, more than a month into his first off-season as a free agent.

The plan, agreed upon in May by the club and Team Hamilton, was for the star outfielder to test the market and get back to the Rangers with an offer for them to beat.

That hasn't happened, according to general manager Jon Daniels. He has maintained contact with Hamilton's agent, Mike Moye, but the landscape looks the same as it did the last time Daniels held court with the media.

"About the same as it was in our last conference call, just a couple weeks later," he said Thursday.

But business is picking up with the winter meetings only days away. Hamilton remains the biggest name available this off-season, and the Rangers remain players for him.

Daniels said that Hamilton's decision isn't dictating the Rangers' off-season. But while he waits out an offer, other outfielders are finding new teams and the Rangers have considered the possibility of not addressing their outfield if Hamilton doesn't return.

"I don't know that if Josh isn't back, we're not in a situation where we need to add an outfielder," Daniels said. "We may, but that wouldn't necessarily be our first priority."

Daniels said that the club is "very comfortable" with an outfield mix of David Murphy and Nelson Cruz on the corners and Leonys Martin and Craig Gentry in center field.

Cruz had an inconsistent 2012 season, at the plate and in the field, but managed to collect career-highs in doubles (45) and RBIs (90).

Murphy became an everyday player in August, when he hit a robust .366 before cooling to .271 in September. He finished at .304, 10th in the league, and was one of three finalists for the Gold Glove in left field.

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