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  1. Vernon Wells is tattooing the ball but it shouldn’t make a difference

    Mar 14, 2013, 9:44 AM EDT

    Vernon Wells

    I saw the headline “Vernon Wells trying to hit his way into the Angels’ outfield,” and my first thought was that this was some sort of Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan situation. WATCH OUT, MIKE TROUT! But really: Wells is totally raking this spring: .389/.455/.889 with three homers.  granted (a) he’s playing later in games and is…

  2. Rangers have “remained in contact” with Kyle Lohse

    Mar 3, 2013, 12:34 PM EDT

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    Something may start brewing soon between the Rangers and free agent right-hander Kyle Lohse. According to beat writer Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Texas front office has “remained in contact” with Lohse’s agent, Scott Boras, and “there are some within the Rangers’ organization” who are pushing for a deal. Signing the 12-year major…

  3. A sleepy morning in Angels camp

    Mar 1, 2013, 1:40 PM EDT

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    Not a lot happening around here today. The biggest topic of conversation surrounds when Albert Pujols is going to run the bases. Mike Scioscia said “this weekend.” Then, a few minutes later, Pujols was down by third base jogging and rounding the bag. A debate ensued among reporters as to whether that constituted “running the…

  4. Youk As Yank: Just kind of weird

    Feb 26, 2013, 11:52 AM EDT

    New York Yankees infielder Youkilis takes batting practice during a workout at the team's MLB spring training complex at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida.

    Hey, it’s my first post on Hardball Talk. Very exciting. I still cannot believe that Calcaterra and Gleeman didn’t save the “Jeff Francoeur is in the best shape of his life” post for me. Kevin Youkilis plays for the New York Yankees now. I’m not typing those words as a fact. I’m typing those words…

  5. Which sport reigns supreme in each major league city?

    Feb 18, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Because I’m bored, let’s follow-up that Josh Hamilton post with a survey of each Major League Baseball city to see what sport — using my totally subjective There Can Only Be One criteria — reigns supreme in each city. Which team, if the city could vote and only keep one, would stay: New York: High…

  6. Josh Hamilton says Dallas is not a baseball town. And he’s right.

    Feb 18, 2013, 9:44 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    UPDATE: this topic tickled my fancy, so I did a post running down what I think is the alpha-sport in each major league city. I have not heard the interview yet — and can’t find it — but apparently Josh Hamilton has upset a lot of Rangers fans by saying Dallas is not a baseball…

  7. Angels won’t change clubhouse alcohol policy after signing Josh Hamilton

    Feb 15, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

    Rangers' Hamilton is doused with ginger ale as he celebrates with teammates after they won their Major League Baseball's ALCS playoff series against the Yankees in Arlington

    A few years ago Josh Hamilton avoided the Rangers’ clubhouse celebration because beer and champagne were being sprayed (and consumed) all over the place and later the Rangers switched to ginger ale so Hamilton would feel comfortable taking part in the festivities despite his history of alcohol and drug problems. It remains to be seen…

  8. Mike Trout gained 10-15 pounds during the offseason

    Feb 14, 2013, 9:32 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    While Josh Hamilton dropped 20 pounds during the offseason due to a change in his diet, it seems his new teammate, Mike Trout, was busy bulking up. Last season, #Angels OF Mike Trout looked like an NFL RB. He looks more like a FB now, after gaining 10-15 lbs. He reported at 240 lbs.— Mike…

  9. Is Josh Hamilton losing weight a sign of … something?

    Feb 14, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    I’ll preface all of this by saying that the author of the piece I am about to link, Jeff Pearlman, is fully aware that he’s throwing something of a bomb here.  That said, unlike some others people, I do not believe Pearlman is throwing a bomb for the sake of throwing a bomb. He’s not…

  10. Josh Hamilton is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 12, 2013, 2:49 PM EDT

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    Josh Hamilton has a new team and a $125 million contract AND he’s the newest addition to the ever-expanding “Best Shape of His Life” roster. Mike Giovanna of the Los Angeles Times writes that Hamilton spent the offseason “juicing” fruits and vegetables on the way to losing 20-25 pounds. At 6-foot-4 he now weighs 225,…

  11. Brewers revert to thrifty form

    Feb 9, 2013, 7:24 PM EDT

    Ron Roenicke

    The Brewers’ offseason opened with speculation about a push for Josh Hamilton. 3 1/2 months later, their biggest pickup has been Tom Gorzelanny. Mark Attanasio’s Brewers won 96 games and went to the NLCS in 2011, and while the team lost Prince Fielder afterwards, it was able to bring in Aramis Ramirez as a replacement.…

  12. Torii Hunter still a bit sour about departure from Anaheim

    Feb 3, 2013, 7:02 PM EDT

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    “I was told money was tight,” veteran outfielder Torii Hunter tweeted on December 13, shortly after the Angels signed Josh Hamilton to a five-year, $125 million free agent contract. “But I guess [Angels owner Arte Moreno] had money hidden under a mattress. Business is business but don’t lie.” Hunter later claimed that he was joking,…

  13. Michael Bourn wants a five-year deal

    Jan 28, 2013, 3:32 PM EDT

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    Among free agent outfielders, Shane Victorino got three years. Angel Pagan and Nick Swisher got four. Josh Hamilton and B.J. Upton got five years. Michael Bourn wants five years too: Latest on Michael Bourn negotiations: He wants at least five years, and Mets aren’t willing to go there. — Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) January 28, 2013   Hamilton is…

  14. Angels “not expected to be players on” righty Kyle Lohse

    Jan 13, 2013, 10:11 AM EDT

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    The Angels have been mentioned at different times this winter as a potential landing spot for free agent right-hander Kyle Lohse. But it doesn’t sound like they are even going to make an offer to him. According to MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez, the Halos are “not expected to be players on Lohse” no matter how low…

  15. Rangers still looking to add another hitter after signing A.J. Pierzynski

    Dec 27, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Yesterday the Rangers made their one-year deal with A.J. Pierzynski official, adding the veteran catcher to the lineup following his career-year for the White Sox, but general manager Jon Daniels also said that he’s still searching for another hitter after losing Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli to free agency. “We’re looking at that now,” Daniels…

  16. Josh Hamilton says the Mariners didn’t really try hard to sign him

    Dec 24, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton AP

    Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik went on the radio in Seattle last week and said that the team made a legit shot at signing Josh Hamilton. This followed a couple weeks of reports that, yes indeed, the Mariners had been working hard to get him. There was apparently the framework of a deal in place, awaiting only…

  17. 2013 Free Agency Tracker

    Dec 23, 2012, 9:36 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke, Ned Colletti, Magic Johnson

    We’ll be updating this one throughout the offseason. Players are listed based on their ranking in the Top 111 Free Agents. At the bottom is a listing of free agents who signed before the ranking came out, and we’ll be adding signings of players who didn’t make the top 111 as they come in. (Update:…

  18. Cody Ross met with the Rangers yesterday

    Dec 19, 2012, 12:12 PM EDT

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    Apparently the Rangers were busy yesterday. Not only was A.J. Pierzynski in Texas for a meet-and-greet with team officials, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Cody Ross had dinner with a group that included manager Ron Washington and general manager Jon Daniels. Texas is looking for more offense after losing catcher Mike Napoli and outfielder…

  19. A.J. Pierzynski is meeting with the Rangers

    Dec 18, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

    A.J. Pierzynski

    Last week several reports had the Rangers interested in A.J. Pierzynski and now Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago writes that the free agent catcher was in Texas to meet with the team today. After losing Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli the Rangers have been looking for lineup help and the left-handed-hitting Pierzynski would be a…

  20. Josh Hamilton’s contract includes Angels donating $2 million to charity

    Dec 18, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    I’m sure this isn’t all that unusual, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com passes along this noteworthy detail in Josh Hamilton‘s five-year, $125 million contract with the Angels: Interesting clause in Josh Hamilton’s contract with #Angels: Team will donate $400,000 per year to his charity, total of $2M for five years. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December…

  21. Quote of the Day: Katie Hamilton

    Dec 17, 2012, 9:25 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels newly acquired outfielder Hamilton laughs with his wife, Katie, and Angels owner Moreno during a news conference in Anaheim

    Josh Hamilton’s wife Katie spoke briefly at the press conference introducing Hamilton as a Los Angeles Angel. Her take on the Rangers’ negotiating approach: “They let us go out and date other people and kind of give our hearts away,” Katie Hamilton said. “I’m so glad they didn’t (push hard to re-sign Hamilton.) We feel…

  22. Angels hire Josh Hamilton’s accountability partner

    Dec 16, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

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    Angels owner Arte Moreno told reporters soon after Josh Hamilton‘s introductory press conference on Saturday at Downtown Disney that there was “no special language” in the outfielder’s five-year, $125 million contract laying out consequences for a potential drug or alcohol relapse. But that doesn’t mean Anaheim’s higher-ups aren’t taking measures to ensure that Hamilton remains on…

  23. Breaking down Josh Hamilton’s five-year, $125M contract

    Dec 15, 2012, 8:24 PM EDT

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    Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com has the full season-to-season financial breakdown of Josh Hamilton‘s new five-year, $125 million agreement with the Angels: 2013: $15 million 2014: $15 million 2015: $23 million 2016: $30 million 2017: $30 million The deal also includes a $10 million signing bonus, access to a luxury suite and a full no-trade clause.…

  24. Angels have discussed trade for Tigers starter Rick Porcello

    Dec 15, 2012, 6:57 PM EDT

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    The Angels beefed up their offense in a big way this week, signing Josh Hamilton to a five-year, $125 million free agent contract. Now they’re looking to further address their starting rotation needs. According to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com, Anaheim’s decision-makers have “been in contact” with the Tigers about a potential trade for right-handed starter…

  25. Picture of the Day: Josh Hamilton in his new digs

    Dec 15, 2012, 5:10 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton AP

    Josh Hamilton was officially introduced as the newest member of the Angels this afternoon at ESPN Zone in Downtown Disney in Anaheim. Courtesy of the Associated Press, below is our first look at Hamilton in his new digs. Yes, that is Mike Scioscia creepin’ in the background, likely daydreaming about filling out his lineup card…

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