*Josh Hamilton has agreed to a 5 yr. $125 million deal with the LA Angels.
Hamilton has left Texas for their biggest division rival. The Angels, who signed Albert Pujols last off season, already had one of the best lineups in baseball. They’ll now insert Hamilton’s gaudy numbers (.285 43HR 128RBI) to form their own “murderer’s row.”
Pujols turned out to be the Angels secondary story in 2011. Rookie phemon Mike Trout took the league by storm and finished second to Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera. The Angels lineup with Hamilton could actually be “too loaded.” His acquisition could make Kendrys Morales or Mike Trumbo expendable and available for trade. One would think the Angels will find a spot for Trumbo. If not, many teams will line up and attempt to meet LA’s demands.
As for Hamilton himself, there are plenty of questions surrounding his off-field life. A recovering alcoholic, Hamilton will need a support system in place to make this work. The Angels feel that he’s worth the gamble.
More to come later.