Josh Hamilton agrees to a deal with the Anaheim Angels

The Angels have reportedly agreed to a deal with Josh Hamilton

12/13/12 in MLB

October 3, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Texas Rangers center fielder Josh Hamilton (32) reacts after striking out to end the sixth inning against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIREJosh Hamilton, easily the biggest free agent bat on the market, has reportedly agreed to a contract with the Anaheim Angels worth approximately $125 million over 5 years.

Hamilton is one of the best hitters in baseball, but there are a few injury and durability concerns, as well as some concerns about his history of substance addiction.

Last year, Hamilton hit .285 with 43 HR and 128 RBI. As good as those numbers were, they still represented a huge dip in batting average from his MVP season in 2010, when he hit at a .359 clip.

Also, his second half numbers were a significant dropoff from his incredible first half.

2012 first half: .308 average, 27 HR, 75 RBI, 1.016 OPS
2012 second half: .259 average, 16 HR, 53 RBI, .833 OPS

There's no question that Hamilton, when healthy, is one of the best players in the game. There's just no guarantee that he'll stay that way, which made most other teams shy away from offering him as many as 5 years. The Red Sox, for example, were very interested in Hamilton, but wouldn't offer more than 3 years.

We'll see if this gets finalized, and if it ends up being a smart move by the Angels.
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12/13/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Scott wrote:
Moreno has a new $200 billion TV deal to spend. He'll try and buy as many titles as he can until he goes bankrupt

Yeah. It's not quite Dodgers level of revenue, but it's up there. Hey, that's the way it is. Revenues are going up, so salaries go up. That makes sense.

12/13/12   |   Scott   |   52629 respect

Jeff_P wrote:
5 years.........125 mil........ehhhhhhhhh........dont know about this one..........time will tell

Moreno has a new $200 billion TV deal to spend. He'll try and buy as many titles as he can until he goes bankrupt

12/13/12   |   Jeff_P   |   19859 respect

Scott wrote:
Should've known that Artie Moreno wouldn't let the Dodgers new ownership one up him this offseason. 

5 years.........125 mil........ehhhhhhhhh........dont know about this one..........time will tell

12/13/12   |   Scott   |   52629 respect

Should've known that Artie Moreno wouldn't let the Dodgers new ownership one up him this offseason. 

12/13/12   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

Good for the Angels.  I always hope that teams that spend like that always finish in last place.