Posted December 13, 2012

Angels, Josh Hamilton agree to five-year, $125 million deal

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The Angels and free-agent Josh Hamilton reportedly agree to a five-year deal. (Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

The Angels and free-agent Josh Hamilton reportedly agree to a five-year deal. (Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Angels might have swung the balance of power in the American League West and added some protection in the lineup for slugger Albert Pujols.

The team and free-agent outfielder Josh Hamilton agreed to a five-year deal worth $125 million on Thursday, multiple sources report.

Hamilton, 31, spent the last five seasons with the Texas Rangers, was voted an All-Star each season and won the American League Most Valuable Player Award in 2010 when he hit a league-leading .359 with 32 homers and 100 RBI.

After that season, he avoided arbitration by signing a two-year deal worth $24 million in February 2011. Hamilton batted .285 with 43 home runs, 128 RBI and scored 103 runs in 148 games last season with the Rangers.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said he spoke with Hamilton last week and the team was willing to give Hamilton a four-year contract in the $100 million range. Hamilton wanted $175 million over seven years, but Daniels said that the Angels did not give Texas a chance to match their offer.

“It’s business and everybody has to make their own calls. I get it,” Daniels said. “I’m a little disappointed in how it was handled. He had a decision to make and he made it.”

Hamilton joins a lineup that includes Pujols and AL Rookie of the Year Mike Trout. The Angels spent $240 million on a contract for Pujols and $77.5 million for pitcher C.J. Wilson last offseason, yet failed to make the playoffs in 2012.


13 comments
JeffFloyd
JeffFloyd

I just moved to LA from Dallas. Good luck he sucks and you will find out why he is here!

OscarPerez
OscarPerez

Too bad the Angels didn't get Dipoto a lot earlier, then they wouldn't be stuck with Regean's screw up in Vernon Wells.  Wells' will be the highest paid benchwarmer because of him.

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

Once again, Southern California cable subscribers better hold tight onto their checkbooks. The Angels and Dodgers are both counting on huge TV deals to pay the tab for their reckless spending spree.

Mark A
Mark A

It makes financial sense for the Angels.

 

18 million a year to play for the Angels.   7 million a year not to play for the Rangers.

OwG
OwG

Josh Hamilton and LA sounds like a great match. Ill bet my house that dude is snorting coke off of hookers asses by the all star break. 

morphy
morphy

No way the Rangers would have matched that offer knowing  Hamilton's injury riddled career and his slump the last half of the season. Angels did the Rangers the same favor they did the Cards with Pujols' offer.

Mark4
Mark4

Jon Daniels needs to get over it.  They low balled him in money and years, trying to get him cheap, and it backfired.

JoeyBagadoughnutz
JoeyBagadoughnutz

how many "handlers" are they gonna hire to follow him around ?