Hamilton agrees to $125M, 5-year deal with Angels
December 14, 2012
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Josh Hamilton is heading to the Los Angeles Angels, lured with a $125 million, five-year contract that steps up the migration of high-profile stars to Southern California.
The Angels persuaded the free-agent outfielder to leave the Texas Rangers with their third big-money offseason signing in as many years. Hamilton heads to Anaheim after first baseman Albert Pujols came West for $240 million last December along with pitcher C.J. Wilson – Hamilton’s Texas teammate – for $77.5 million.
Still, the Angels failed to make the playoffs for the third straight year. They had bulked up their pitching staff earlier in the offseason with the additions of pitchers Joe Blanton and Tommy Hanson, along with relievers Sean Burnett and Ryan Madson.
General manager Jerry Dipoto had said Wednesday that he didn’t think a major move was “imminent or required.” But owner Arte Moreno pulled off another coup by getting Hamilton. The 2010 AL MVP, Pujols and AL Rookie of the Year Mike Trout combined for 103 home runs and 316 RBIs last season.
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