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Angels finalize five-year, $125 million contract with Josh Hamilton

Dec 15, 2012, 12:25 PM EDT

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FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that Josh Hamilton has passed his physical with the Angels, making his new five-year, $125 million contract is official. He’s scheduled to be introduced at a news conference in Anaheim at 2:30 p.m. ET this afternoon.

Per Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com, Hamilton’s contract includes a no-trade clause and is slightly backloaded. He will make $15 million in the first year of the contract.

Hamilton’s $25 million AAV (average annual value) ties him with Ryan Howard for the second-highest in baseball, trailing only Alex Rodriguez‘s $27.5 million AAV. Hamilton’s new teammate Albert Pujols has an AAV of $24 million on his deal.

The addition of Hamilton creates a logjam in the Angels’ outfield which could cause the club to listen to trade offers for Peter Bourjos, Mark Trumbo or Kendrys Morales. The Angels are likely stuck with Vernon Wells, who is owed $42 million over the next two seasons.

  1. David Pruett - Dec 15, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Reblogged this on P.S.B..

  2. lewp - Dec 15, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    We Rangers now don’t have to worry about Josh’s drama acts. The not able to see the ball in day games, the trying to give up dipping, the caffine problems, the swinging at everything that moves, on top of needing a baby sitter on the road so he doesn’t do alcohol or crack. Good riddance hambone..

    • mirmz - Dec 15, 2012 at 12:59 PM

      Keep telling yourself that.

      • beefytrout - Dec 15, 2012 at 1:17 PM

        yeah, I’m sure he’s going to put up 40/120 every year.

    • 01133377dodger - Dec 15, 2012 at 1:51 PM

      You are an idiot! Hambone is the only reason Texas has been so good for the last few years. Enjoy being the 3rd best in the AL West for a long time to come!!!!!!

  3. lewp - Dec 15, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    Reblogged this on Lewp’s Weblog.

  4. lyon810 - Dec 15, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    The ghost of Tony Reagins still looms large in Anaheim

    • mirmz - Dec 15, 2012 at 1:07 PM

      “Tonight you will be visited by three ghosts,” said the ghost of Jacob Marley. “The ghost of Christmas past, Vernon Wells, and 2014 Vernon Wells.”

  5. stex52 - Dec 15, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Hard to judge how this one turns out. He’s a boatload to put up with, but at his best he is an awesome player. How much of his best is left? That’s what we’ll find out. Personally (opinion alert!) I think LAA will like the deal for two years. Then not so much.

    • paperlions - Dec 15, 2012 at 1:44 PM

      That’s the rub, isn’t it? If you look at his record, he’s only been worth $25M during one year of his career, 2010. The last 2 years he’s been very good, but a LOT of guys without the name recognition have been better. Heck, Yadier Molina has been equal to the offensive force of Hamilton, and far more valuable because of his defense…and guys like Konerko and Gordon have been better than Hamilton.

  6. losanginsight - Dec 15, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    is there a relapse clause?

  7. fhuizar - Dec 15, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Come on people lets be honest

    If he resigned with Texas or with Phillies or Yankees or Red Sox

    Their fanbases would LOVE it.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 15, 2012 at 3:24 PM

      If he resigned with Texas or with Phillies or Yankees or Red Sox

      Not this Yankee fan, and especially not for 5/$125M

  8. hammyofdoom - Dec 15, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    I really do not think this deal will pan out. For a guy hitting over 40 homers a year to walk 43, 39, and at most 60ish times a year means I highly doubt he will be worth the money coming to him. Albert Pujols’ least amount of walks in a season would be Hamiltons second most and I sense this contract going closer to the way of the Ryan Howard contract: really great power hitter who is going to age poorly

  9. mymaria2012 - Dec 15, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Reblogged this on mymaria2012 and commented:
    Yea. Good to see this one. Im a Josh Hamilton fan.

  10. atwatercrushesokoye - Dec 15, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Second straight year that the Angels have paid an aging superstar for what he’s done with his previous team. Even if both Hamilton and Punols are very good an decline only a little from year to year the Angels are paying them based on thei best years with the Rangers and Cardinals respectively. I guess it might balance out though since they’ll be paying Trout next to nothing while he continues to ascend.

  11. yankeepunk3000 - Dec 15, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    why did the angeles trade for wells??? why??? I don’t remember but it doesn’t make sense now he is Sooo over paid I just don’t get it…please angel fans explain

  12. legacybroken - Dec 15, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    Unless the clock strikes midnight for Trout and he turns into Jeff Francouer.

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