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Josh Hamilton To Be Traded

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Josh Hamilton will no longer be an Angel, according to various sources.

There was much speculation that popped up today around different ways that the Angels may part with Hamilton, starting with a report from SI.com. This report sparked a series of tweets about the situation and then Rangers’ beat writer TR Sullivan broke the internet when he tweeted that the Rangers were close to acquiring Hamilton.

The trade would end the drama that has haunted and somewhat tarnished the reputation of the Angels’ management team. After Hamilton was cleared of any wrongdoing this offseason, Angels’ president John Carpino and general manager Jerry Dipoto made stern statements about Hamilton’s non-suspension and management was obviously not very happy about the outcome due to the fact that they wouldn’t recuperate any money.

Hamilton was a force to be reckoned during his time with Texas, posting a .912 OPS and hitting 143 home runs in 647 games with the Rangers. In 2010, Hamilton took home AL MVP honors as he batted .359/.411/.633 with 32 home runs and recorded an incredible 8.4 fWAR.

Since coming to Anaheim in 2014, Hamilton has had paltry results and has only appeared in 240 games due to injury. Despite hitting 21 home runs his first year with the club, he posted just a 108 OPS+ and failed to live up to the expectations of his massive 5 year, $125 million contract he signed with the Halos. The 2014 campaign would prove to be underwhelming as well and Hamilton struggled down the stretch coming off an injury and had a miserable postseason performance that left a sour taste in many Angels’ fans mouths.

Aug 4, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton (32) in the dugout in the seventh inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sportss

It is not known how much money is being transferred to the Rangers in the deal, but the Angels are expected to cover the vast majority of the contract. A prospect may come back to the Angels in the trade but they can expected to be non-factors, similar to the prospects received in the Vernon Wells trade to the Yankees.

UPDATE: Rangers to pay $15 million of remaining $83 million on Hamilton’s deal.

UPDATE #2: Angels’ beat writer Alden Gonzalez reporting that no players will be coming back to Anaheim in the deal, via Twitter. 

It’s a shame that Hamilton never panned out in Anaheim. After a stellar 2012 campaign, expectations were sky high for Hamilton as an Angel and he never came close to reaching them. At times, he seemed lost at the plate or simply uninterested in the game he was playing and often heard it from the fans on his walk back to the dugout. I don’t think Hamilton ever felt at home with the Angels.

One thing we can sure of, there will be some interesting reactions the next time Josh Hamilton comes to Anaheim donning his old Rangers jersey.

More details to come.

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