Earlier this month, I reported for Talking Baws that an independent arbitrator ruled in early April that Josh Hamilton, Los Angeles Angels Right Fielder, would not be suspended for violating an MLB drug policy. In an unexpected update to that story, Hamilton is now headed back to his former team, the Texas Rangers.
By: Peter Elliott – Lead NFL and MLB writer – @PelliottSports
The Angels have finalized a deal to ship Hamilton to the Rangers, sources confirmed on Friday.
Hamilton has $83 million left on the deal he signed with the Angels in 2013 that was supposed to run through 2017.
Yahoo! Sports has reported that the Rangers are expected to pay Hamilton around $15 million, with the Angels paying for the rest of the deal. After five productive years with the Rangers, the Angels knew what Hamilton was capable of doing when they signed him to a five-year, $135 million deal.
Instead, of hitting a homer, the Angels, and general manager Jerry Dipoto struck out with Hamilton, something Hamilton has done 266 times at the big-league level with Los Angeles.
The troubled 33-year-old made five straight All-Star teams, helped guide Texas to consecutive American League pennants in 2010 and 2011 in his years with the team from 2008 to 2012. Hamilton also won the AL MVP award in 2010. Since joining the Angels, Hamilton’s batting average and on-base plus slugging (OPS) have taken a significant drop.
The Rangers are certainly taking a chance with Hamilton, hoping he’ll morph into the player he once was for their club.
The Angels have already played 18 games, and Hamilton has yet to play in one, as he is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.
In addition to him being sidelined and traded, the Angels slugger is in the news for more off the field issues, as recently he announced he filed for divorce with his wife of 11 years, Katie Chadwick. Chadwick announced nothing caused the split, and Hamilton’s divorce petition doesn’t say much about the couple’s problems either. The soon to be ex-couple have four children ages 3 to 14.
Here’s hoping Josh Hamilton can turn it around with a new club.
Peter Elliott writes about the NFL and MLB for Talking Baws.