REPORT: Texas Rangers set to acquire Josh Hamilton from Los Angeles Angels
In what can only be called a win-win-win, the Texas Rangers are reportedly set to trade for Los Angeles Angels slugger (and former Ranger) outfielder Josh Hamilton. T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com is reporting the potential deal via Twitter
Rangers are close to trading for Josh Hamilton…. still a lot of legal work to be done… likely announced on Mondat sources say
— TR Sullivan (@Sullivan_Ranger) April 24, 2015
More details via Alden Gonzalez at MLB.com
What would be interesting is what the Angels might get in return. Halos owner Arte Moreno has made no bones that the Angels would like to relieve themselves of the distractions and whatever of the $83M still owed to Hamilton through 2017 they can unload. Interesting that the Rangers, from whom the Angels have overbid for free agents like Hamilton or C. J. Wilson in the past, would be an interested partner. My guess is that if they take most of the salary, they will have to offer very little in terms of prospects in return.
The Rangers have been in an injury funk since the beginning of last season. After making the playoffs from 2010 – 2012 (including two American League pennants), the team was an American League West worst 67-95 in 2014. Mainly due to injuries. Hamilton’s upside in north Texas is high; he was the 2010 AL Most Valuable Player with the Rangers during a five year tenure with the club. He might be comfortable and clearly needs a change of scenery.
– David Whitlock
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