Josh Hamilton has agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Angels, according to ESPN Dallas. This marks the second year in a row that the Angels have made the biggest splash in the free agency market, signing Hamilton a year after adding Albert Pujols. Early reports are that it is a five year deal for $125 million.
In May, when he was hot and the rage as the MVP, I wrote: “Personally, I would set his price at about $110 to 120 million for five years, but I would lose that bid to a team wanting to make a splash.”
Hamilton will now also be playing for a division rival of the Rangers. All’s fair in love, war, and baseball. This move also opens the possibility of a trade for Los Angeles. With Hamilton and MVP runner up Mike Trout in the outfield, Peter Bourjos or Mark Trumbo become attractive trade pieces.
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