Hamilton Leaves Rangers and Signs with Angels


POSTED: Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 7:18pm

UPDATED: Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 7:30pm

There's a brand new Angel in the outfield. Free agent slugger Josh Hamilton moved across the American League West from the Texas Rangers to the LA Angels.

Hamilton and the Angels agreed to a five year, $125 million dollar contract.

The 31 year old is only the second major leaguer to have a deal worth at least $25 million per season, Alex Rodriguez is the other.

The 2010 American League MVP has batted .304 in his big-league career, all but 90 games of it in Texas. He has provided big power in the middle of the Rangers' lineup, helping the team to world series appearances in 2010 and '11.

The Rangers had hoped to resign Hamilton, and some teams saw him as a risk because of his history of alcohol and substance abuse.

Hamilton joins a team that spent big last offseason to add first baseman Albert Pujols for $240 million and pitcher C.J. Wilson for $77.5 million.

Yet, the Angels disappointed and failed to make the playoffs.

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