Josh Hamilton’s rocky tenure with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim has come to a close, as the team shipped the outfielder to the Texas Rangers.
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Less than halfway through a five-year, $125 million contract,Hamilton returns to the team he helped reach consecutive World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011. He was the 2010 AL MVP and an All-Star each of his five seasons with Texas (2008-12).
“Over the course of the last few weeks, it became clear that Josh wanted to return to Texas,” Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said in a statement. “After several discussions with the Rangers, we were able to complete a trade that in the end is the right decision for everyone involved.”
Hamilton did not play a game for the Angels this year and appeared in only 89 games for the team during the 2014 campaign. He hit .263 with 10 home runs and 44 RBI, which was a far cry from his 2010 American League MVP season in which he hit .359 with 32 home runs and 100 RBI for the Rangers in 133 games.
Los Angeles is expected to pay most of the remaining $80.2 million Hamilton is owed: $20,234,973 this year and $30 million in each of the final two seasons.
The Rangers are off to a disappointing 6-9 start and sat in last place in the American League West as of Monday. While Hamilton has not appeared to be the player who dominated in Texas for quite some time, the Rangers could use another power bat in the middle of their lineup.
He will be re-introduced as a member of the Rangers in a news conference at 4:30 p.m. ET Monday at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
[via ESPN, Fox Sports]