The Angels have reportedly agreed to a deal with Josh Hamilton
12/13/12 in MLB
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.