Hamilton signs with Angels

See, I told you so. Though truth be told, I didn’t really expect that Josh Hamilton would be signing with the Orange County Angels either, but that’s exactly what he’s done, for the discount price of $125 million over 5 years. Remember when people thought Hamilton wouldn’t get paid? Yeah, that was fun.

The great thing about this signing, like pretty much every move that’s happened this winter it seems, is the new questions it creates for us to chew over before the calendar flips to Satan’s Month. For example: in addition to an offense that includes Hamilton, Mike Trout, and Albert Pujols, the Angels have an extra outfielder and an obvious need for starting pitching. Presumably that means they’ll be shopping Mark Trumbo and Peter Bourjos in the coming weeks, and there should be plenty of interest in both around the league. And what will the market for Nick Swisher do, now that Hamilton has gone to a team that wasn’t even apparently looking for an outfielder last week?

The big loser in the move, however, is obviously the Rangers, who are having an absolutely brutal offseason. First Zack Greinke spurns them for the Dodgers’ money, then Arizona pulls Justin Upton when they land their shortstop in Didi Gregerios, and now they’re losing Hamilton to their biggest division rival without even getting a chance to match the offer. The Rangers aren’t going to fall apart next season or anything, and there’s still plenty of options for them, but that’s a pretty incredible turn around for a team that was trying to land Greinke and Upton at the Winter Meetings, and proves that re-signing Hiroki Kuroda was, itself, a pretty big move for the Yankees.

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

8 thoughts on “Hamilton signs with Angels

  1. Edmund_Dantes

    I wouldn't mind the Yanks taking a shot at getting Trumbo. Not the best defensive outfielder but he hits a damn ton.

    • michael

      Old-Jeter isn't the best defensive SS. Prince Fielder isn't the best baserunner.
      There isn't a floor on how many runs 'not best' costs the team. Especially on in the field.

  2. Bill

    Trumbo would be something if they could get him. Not a gazelle defensively, but not a complete disaster either. Plus a strong right hand bat. But who would they have to give up for him? Not sure if the Yanks want to give up any of their young pitching, specifically Nova and Phelps. Plus, I don't think the Angels would part with Trumbo for either of them. I know I wouldn't.

  3. williamjtasker

    The Rangers have already lost Napoli and *cough* Michael Young. That offense isn't nearly as scary as it once was.

  4. Trout/Pujols/Hamilton sounds scary good, but so did Palmiero/Juan Gonzalez/Pudge ten years ago. And we all know how that turned out.

  5. Eli

    Brien you should write a piece about the espn hall of 100 list.

  6. DustyYF

    Wait. Are they really the Orange County Angels now? I can't keep up with their name changes.

  7. OldYanksFan

    Trumbo had a .271 OBP and a .630 OPS in the 2nd half, with 10 HRs (compard to .965/22 in the 1st half). A statistical coincidence, or the league fuguring him out? He looks like he has a fine bat, but with his poor D, I wouldn't give too much for him. I'd like to see another year of stats from him.

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