Not long ago, Sports Illustrated reported that the Angels were looking to part ways with Josh Hamilton, amidst his recent relapse, lack of production, and tons of bad publicity for the team. Now, rumors are circulating that the Texas Rangers could be the destination for Hamilton, who would significantly help the team’s left field options.
The specifics of a potential deal have yet to be announced, but the rumor on Twitter is that it would be a “money for money” deal, which would likely mean either Shin-Soo Choo ($102M due from 2016 to 2020) or Elvis Andrus ($103M due through 2023 if he doesn’t opt out, and reaches vesting option) would be set to Anaheim in return. Granted, there is no basis for this rumor, as T.R. Sullivan has been the main source of information on this story, but the speculation does make some sense.
From 2008 to 2012 with Texas, Hamilton averaged a .305 batting average, 28 homers and 101 rbi. Obviously this type of production would be a boost to nearly any team, but with the Rnagers having production issues in the outfield this season, Hamilton would be a very welcome sight indeed.
Update: According to Jeff Passan, for the Rangers to get Josh Hamilton, they just had to eat some of his contract.
The quoted handle in the second tweet is that of Angels’ beat writer for MLB.com, Alden Gonzalez. So no players will be leaving Texas, and we’re only paying Hamilton $5M for each fo the next three years? That has the potential to be a steal. Can’t believe I’m saying this, but good job Jon Daniels.