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Josh Hamilton leaves Texas without giving Rangers chance to match Angels’ offer

Dec 13, 2012, 2:41 PM EDT

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Josh Hamilton is leaving the Rangers to sign a five-year, $125 million deal with the Angels and it’s interesting to hear how Texas got the news.

First of all, Hamilton’s agent called Rangers general manager Jon Daniels during this afternoon’s media luncheon to tell him the former MVP was going to their AL West rivals.

According to Daniels the Rangers were not given an opportunity to match the offer and Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram characterizes the GM as “not pleased with how negotiations ended.”

On the other hand it apparently doesn’t come as a total shock to Daniels, who admitted that Hamilton hinted last week he perhaps wanted a new start somewhere else.

And of course it’s not even clear if the Rangers were interested in topping the Angels’ offer, which is pretty damn huge for a soon-to-be 32-year-old with plenty of question marks attached on and off the field.

Hamilton’s departure obviously leaves a big hole in the Rangers’ lineup, which was already righty dominant with Hamilton. It’ll be interesting to see if they make a run at switch-hitting Nick Swisher, who seems like the most natural fit to replace Hamilton among the unsigned free agents.

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  1. 13arod - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    what are the rangers doing not signing anybody

    • dickclydesdale - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:02 PM

      Rangers had 6 yrs to lock up Hamilton so they should not bitch about him going to the Angels.

      • dcfan4life - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:21 PM

        There not bitching, they are expressive fake shock and fake regret. In truth they are extremely happy he left and they can use that money elsewhere. And now they can tell their fans it was just too much money, which is sort of true anyways.

      • thereisaparty - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:24 PM

        They are not bitching about him going to the Angels. They are upset because Hamilton previously said the Rangers would get a chance to match any offer. Having that assurance would clearly shape the Rangers negotiations. It appears that when the chance to match failed to appear this time, the Rangers felt deceived.

      • artisan3m - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:36 PM

        The Rangers would not give Josh a five year deal. Besides, they have had a full year to ink him to a contract and passed. Josh knew the Rangers would not come close to matching the Angels’ money offer ~ so why jump through all those needless hoops? Take the money and run.

      • texassportsfan2 - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:45 PM

        He’ll be 33 at the beginning of next season. I just don’t see him holding up well for 5 more years. As hard as it is to see him leave, I think the Rangers are in a better position without him…..not in the short term but 4 or 5 years from now, YES. I’ll miss him being a Ranger…

    • coloradogolfcoupons - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:03 PM

      A Rangers front office guy spoke off the record in August that “They didn’t want him back, even if he offered to play for free”

      Ryan and Daniels were simply posturing to reduce fan backlash for not resigning him, Anybody who watched Hamilton every day the last 4 months KNOWS why they didn’t resign him. He declined DRASTICALLY right before their eyes, and the hot start in April and May was a distant memory when he quit on the team down the stretch, They let him walk, just like CJ Wilson, because they know his best days are long gone. His addiction and mental problems are only going to get worse. He can’t HIT anymore. Check his stats from JUNE 1 to the end of the year. What you see is pathetic, especially when you factor in his lack of effort. He is a quitter and an excuse maker. Good riddance. He will soon be sitting on the Anaheim bench next to Vernon Wells. The Angels deserve him lol.

  2. 13arod - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    when is the next angles and dogers game best mach up in the whole league

    • bigmeechy74 - Dec 13, 2012 at 8:28 PM

      When is your next first grade reading class? Actually I spelled better than that when I was 4.

      • abaird2012 - Dec 13, 2012 at 8:40 PM

        Don’t you find it weird that he he spelled “league” correctly?

      • bigmeechy74 - Dec 13, 2012 at 11:29 PM

        lol good point

      • stlouis1baseball - Dec 14, 2012 at 10:21 AM

        Hahaha! You fellows are hard on a kid. I seem to remember he really is quite young.
        Over the summer I think he mentioned he was 15 (or close to it). It still doesn’t excuse the poor spelling. It also doesn’t excuse the lame ass spelling/grammar police on a phuqing blog!

    • jd82482 - Dec 14, 2012 at 4:15 AM

      Try hooked on phonics that might help! Even your auto correct can’t spell! Let’s try A-N-G-E-L-S ok now you try. D-O-D-G-E-R-S and M-A-T-C-H now put your big boy pants on and learn to spell dude.

    • florida727 - Dec 14, 2012 at 6:55 AM

      #13arod, try “Hooked On Phonics”. I hear it gets remarkable results.

      The Angels are becoming the Miami Heat of major league baseball.
      Won’t be surprised if they become the “it” destination for free agents.
      I actually now will expect to see some aging veterans take less pay to go there.
      The formula worked in Miami, at least for one ring, so far.

  3. edddeee - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Just wait and see what Mike Trout gets!! He will be the first $300 million player

    • georgebrett - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:41 PM

      Hate to it but Trout will never get close to what these guys have gotten if he continues to play like he does. Yep, it’s great he plays balls out every play, but in reality he’ll have to shut it down some if he wants to play for a huge deal.

  4. miketreedy - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    The Angels signed CJ Wilson last year and now Josh Hamilton. How did CJ work out for you? Just wait until you get a load of Hamilton. Thanks for taking our two Village Idiots!

  5. dosequisguy - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Not happy about how it turned out??? Why should Josh have waited on Daniels to match. If they wanted him from the beginning, they should have made an offer. Daniels has been saying all along that they would allow Josh to test free agency, then act accordingly. Well Mr. Daniels, you waited to long and lost your chance.

    • nativetxn7 - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:37 PM

      He isn’t unhappy that Josh chose a different team, he is unhappy because Josh explicitly told the Rangers’ front office that he would come to them and give them a chance to match any offer he received before accepting it. The fact that he did not is why Daniels is upset about the way things ended – not that they let him test free agency and he chose to move on.

      I personally don’t think it is out of line to be disappointed that someone gave you their word and didn’t live up to it (especially on something as simple as letting them know you got an offer that you are going to take unless they match or beat it), but maybe that is just me.

      • artisan3m - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:44 PM

        You have a point about keeping a promise ~ but if the Rangers decided to trade Hamilton, they wouldn’t hesitate to do so and not consult him prior to the deal. Its a business. Besides, we have no idea what is going on with the Rangers since Hamilton’s promise was made. They couldn’t close a deal on other free agents they really wanted and desperately needed ~ and that was due to money and contract length. Josh and his agent probably read the tea leaves and wrapped up a sure thing rather than be strung out by Daniels and Ryan ~ then dropped.

  6. adcoop22 - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Did the DBacks pull their trigger too early?

  7. vpettibone57 - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    i been watching HOT STOVE ON MLB, and im beginning to agree with Harold Reynolds i dont think they really
    wanted Josh back. i mean look they waited all year to resign and i dont think they really made a serioues offer anyway. but i think josh signing with the angels i dont texas saw this one coming….

    • texassportsfan2 - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:48 PM

      He’s really high maintenance. As a Rangers fan and having watched him play the last 5 seasons and hearing about his pers life screw ups on the local news, the Angels prob aren’t fully prepared.

  8. jason9696 - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Big deal. The guy’s a drunk and an addict. No great loss for Ranger fans I’m sure.

    • artisan3m - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:53 PM

      Yeah, its a great loss. Hamilton has phenomenal speed in the outfield, one of the better arms in baseball, a sure glove, and a wicked bat. Even in an off year he racks up over 40 HRs and a huge amount of RBIs. This is a big blow to the Ranger lineup ~ which is loaded with ‘righties.’ Gentry can match Hamilton in covering ground but he doesn’t have the arm or the bat .

      • beefytrout - Dec 13, 2012 at 11:38 PM

        “A sure glove and a wicked bat”… both of which he apparently left at home when the team needed them the most.

    • bigmeechy74 - Dec 13, 2012 at 8:30 PM

      Nice trolling

      • bigmeechy74 - Dec 13, 2012 at 11:35 PM

        I was referring to jason 9696. he is clearly trolling…..

    • georgebrett - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:45 PM

      Oh Jason!

  9. markswife3 - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    Whatever … now I have to cheer for the Angels. I was a fan of the Rangers team that went to the Playoffs twice. That team is no more … no more Michael Young, Mike Napoli and now Hamilton! I have to say I am dissapointed in the way the Rangers handled Hamilton. Why should he let them match any offer? Hamilton hit 4 home runs in 1 game – and played an outstanding season. He has one bad day and suddenly he is public enemy number one. I hope Hamilton has a fabulous season(s) ahead regardless of the team. When Angels play the Rangers here in Texas, I will cheer for Josh!

    The Rangers forget that Young, Hamilton and Napoli were major contributors to their making the playoffs. I feel sorry for all Ranger bats – their pitching gave away the hard earned points. Rangers will NEVER beat the Angels now … sad but true.


    • travisbrickley - Dec 14, 2012 at 6:56 AM

      What’s it like to have no emotional attachment to a team whatsoever?

  10. lionsplayoffs - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Good for Hamilton. The Rangers had forever to extend him. He doesn’t owe them anything. They couldn’t have wanted him to come back that badly.

  11. madtownthrowdown - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Have the Angels forgot that at some point in the next 5 years they are probably going to have to sign Trout to a contract somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 years 250 million?

    • georgebrett - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:47 PM

      Trout won’t keep up the production he had this year for that long. Remember, he dropped off the planet in his 5th MLB month this year. Personally, I hope the best for the kid, but I just don’t see it happening.

  12. fanofevilempire - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Hey Ryan, see ya. 18 times a year ya douche!

  13. madtownthrowdown - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Jason9696- Funny thing about this site is that’s only the second most ignorant comment i’ve read today.

  14. fearthehoody - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Great Job Mariners, the Front Office blows another offseason!

  15. minimiggy - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Wow one of the worst signings ever. LA is way too close to vegas for someone like hamilton. He will be ruined in 2 years tops.

  16. thesmedman - Dec 13, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    another fiscally imprudent signing by the Angels.

  17. vincentbojackson - Dec 13, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    therisaparty says:

    Turned his back on the Reds? Rangers traded Edinson Volquez for Hamilton.


    Only after he made it clear there was no way he’d be back. This, less than a year after the Reds pulled him out of the gutter. Keep making excuses for this loser.

    • thereisaparty - Dec 13, 2012 at 8:38 PM

      What are you even talking about? Hamilton is just now reaching free agency. He had no leverage over the Reds organization.

      And are you really giving the Reds credit for Hamilton turning his life around?

  18. rayfeathers - Dec 13, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    this guy get’s by on natural talent but is a high maintenance baby who only plays hard when he feels like it. and STOP calling it LA its fucking ANAHEIM two hours south of LA. but still a very easy place to score blow.

    • mjvincent125 - Dec 13, 2012 at 11:22 PM

      Hey geography expert. Even in Southern California it doesn’t take to hours to cover the 20 miles to Anaheim.

      • mjvincent125 - Dec 13, 2012 at 11:24 PM


  19. modellforprez - Dec 13, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Hey shitbag! not only is the weed always greener on the other side. SO IS THE CRACK COCAINE. avon barksdale style.

  20. 1sportschica - Dec 13, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Another typical off season for the Mariners, who will field yet another mediocre team for yet another mediocre season. And fans will pay more for tickets, but they do get to watch the mediocrity play out on a big new screen. Thanks go to Howard and Chuck–with these two clowns in charge, at least we know what to expect.

  21. pauleee - Dec 14, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    Holy shit! Was this totally off the radar or what? Maybe this won’t be such a long season. One can only hope.

    On another note: I don’t recognize 99% of these names. I guess the yahoo merge is in full swing.

  22. moogro - Dec 14, 2012 at 2:47 AM

    Oh boy, the comments…Has the HBT clubhouse been overrun by the yahoo caddies already?

  23. jdillydawg - Dec 14, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    The guy was ready to leave Texas. I think he needed to leave Texas.

    As his agent, I wouldn’t have told Texas either until the last moment. After all, if you take Texas out of the running, his stock drops precipitously. Smart business move on behalf of his agent.

    However, I’m just and average fan and I would have bet my life Hamilton wouldn’t go back to Texas. For Texas management to not have a clue seems like they weren’t really paying attention – or just hoping against hope.

  24. spikeintn - Dec 14, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Why would anyone have trusted Hamilton’s word? He is an addict, and has been lying all of his adult life. I’m really glad the Rangers did not sign him under any scenario, but a little upset that they did not make it impossible for Greinke to sign with the Dodgers. Pitching is still the name of the game.

  25. mffljbm51d - Dec 15, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    they didnt want him back. move along.

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