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  1. 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…

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

    Dec 15, 2012, 5:10 PM EDT

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    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…

  3. Report: Kendrys Morales drawing trade interest from multiple AL teams

    Dec 15, 2012, 1:55 PM EDT

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    I mentioned a little earlier how the Angels have a bit of a logjam of hitters after signing outfielder Josh Hamilton to a five-year, $125 million contract this week. Per Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and Sirius XM radio, plenty of teams are already trying to take advantage of the team’s surplus. After missing the entire…

  4. 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…

  5. Attention gamblers: the Angels are now the favorites to win the World Series

    Dec 14, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

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    The other day the oddsmakers at Bovada had the Tigers as the favorite to win the World Series. They now have the Angels: Los Angeles Angels World Series Odds pre-Josh Hamilton                 12-1 Los Angeles Angels World Series Odds post-Josh Hamilton                15-2 Of course, this happened with them last year when they signed Albert Pujols too, so the…

  6. Nationals sticking with two-year, $25 million offer to Adam LaRoche

    Dec 14, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    There haven’t been a ton of Adam LaRoche rumors swirling and most reports have the Nationals confident in re-signing the 33-year-old first baseman, perhaps leading to Michael Morse being traded. As for what type of contract LaRoche may end up with, Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post writes that the Nationals haven’t changed their original…

  7. NBC SportsTalk: reaction to the Josh Hamilton signing

    Dec 14, 2012, 10:32 AM EDT

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    I was on NBC SportsTalk with Eric Kuselias last night, talking about the Josh Hamilton signing. I apologize for using the phrase “truth bomb.”  I have been fined $250 for being so lame and will spend the next few weeks talking with middle schoolers about how to avoid going down the same dark and douchey…

  8. Mariners “were in the hunt to the end” on Josh Hamilton

    Dec 14, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    In the wake of Josh Hamilton‘s five-year, $125 million deal with the Angels a report from Greg Johns of MLB.com suggests a different AL West rival was close to signing him away from the Rangers. According to Johns the Mariners “were in the hunt to the end” on Hamilton and “were willing to go after…

  9. Jon Daniels is “disappointed” at Josh Hamilton? Cry me a river.

    Dec 14, 2012, 8:26 AM EDT

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    Searching for empathy … searching for empathy … nope, can’t find any: Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said he was disappointed that his club didn’t at least get a chance to “have a conversation” before Hamilton accepted any deal … “there was a relationship over time. I thought we understood that we had a…

  10. Nick Swisher to visit with multiple teams next week

    Dec 13, 2012, 7:01 PM EDT

    Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher

    The market for Nick Swisher has been slow to develop this offseason, but things are beginning to fall into place now that Josh Hamilton has agreed to a five-year, $125 million deal with the Angels. According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, Swisher plans to visit with multiple teams in person next…

  11. Sick burn: Rangers GM Jon Daniels assesses the Angels

    Dec 13, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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    It kinda hurts to be a Rangers fan right now, not only seeing Josh Hamilton go, but going to the division rivals no less. But having Jon Daniels as your GM helps things, especially when he says stuff like this: Rangers GM Jon Daniels on Angels: They were a great team on paper beforehand. They’re a…

  12. U mad, Torii?

    Dec 13, 2012, 3:33 PM EDT

    This may explain why he's hitting .218

    Torii Hunter, former outfielder of the Los Angels Angels of Anaheim, takes to Twitter to respond to the Josh Hamilton signing: I was told money was tight but I guess the Arte had money hidden under a Mattress. Business is business but don’t lie. — Torii Hunter (@toriihunter48) December 13, 2012   Money was tight…

  13. Please stop making “Josh Hamilton in L.A.” drug wisecracks

    Dec 13, 2012, 3:18 PM EDT

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    The minute the Angels interest in Josh Hamilton was reported, people on Twitter and in the comments started in with stuff about how it’s bad for a drug addict/alcoholic to play in Los Angeles. This kind of thing: Honestly don’t think L.A. was the best fit for josh hamilton with his kind of past #hollywood…

  14. 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.…

  15. Shocker: Josh Hamilton signs a five-year, $125 million deal with the Angels

    Dec 13, 2012, 1:55 PM EDT

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    The hot stove season always takes unexpected turns, and this afternoon it took the most unexpected turn we’ve seen in some time.  Seemingly out of nowhere the Los Angeles Angels swooped in and signed Josh Hamilton.  Legendary L.A. radio man Joe McDonnell had the first news that a deal with close. Within an hour it…

  16. Nick Swisher is not even close to signing

    Dec 13, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

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    The latest on Nick Swisher: Multiple teams continue wooing OF Nick Swisher, who is said to be “not even close” to making a decision. At least 3, maybe 4 clubs in mix. — Scott Miller (@ScottMCBS) December 13, 2012   And, given how few outfield options there are out there, I’d be in the same…

  17. NBC SportsTalk: Where will Hamilton, Bourn and Swisher end up?

    Dec 13, 2012, 7:34 AM EDT

    Pina Colada

    I was on NBC SportsTalk last night. Talking about where Josh Hamilton, Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher will land — as well as the reason the Yankees keep signing old guys to one-year deals — was fun. But not nearly as fun as dropping a “Pina Colada Song” analogy on Eric. And speaking of that,…

  18. Mariners have had trade talks for Tigers’ Brennan Boesch

    Dec 12, 2012, 7:39 PM EDT

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    The Mariners are hoping to land a top free agent outfielder like Josh Hamilton or Nick Swisher. If that doesn’t happen they do have other avenues. According to FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi, the M’s have had “preliminary discussions” with the Tigers about a Brennan Boesch trade. “No such move is close,” writes Morosi, but that…

  19. UPDATE: My buzz officially killed on that Josh Hamilton-to-Philly thing.

    Dec 12, 2012, 2:07 PM EDT

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    UPDATE:  Well, this is no fun: The Hamilton/Philly reports all sprung out of a fake Jon Heyman account (my fake account is much cooler). Our website was duped. Apologies. — Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) December 12, 2012   Much rather would have the intrigue, frankly. Or maybe it’s a red herring … [Drop it -- ed]…

  20. The Phillies like Josh Hamilton, but are they serious?

    Dec 12, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    The rumors of Josh Hamilton going to the Phillies seem kind of light. There was reportedly an offer — a three-year deal, reported by 94WIP’s Anthony Gargano — but there’s not a sense that it’s a game-changer or anything. At the moment the Rangers and the Mariners seem like the two teams most interested in Hamilton’s…

  21. Diamondbacks now unlikely to trade Justin Upton

    Dec 11, 2012, 10:54 PM EDT

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    The Diamondbacks found their shortstop. So they are apparently taking Justin Upton off the table. John Gambadoro of 620 KTAR in Phoenix was told late Tuesday night that Upton “will not be traded” and that Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers “will not be entertaining any more offers” for him. The Rangers, after hesitating to part with…

  22. Rangers interested in A.J. Pierzynski

    Dec 11, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    A.J. Pierzynski

    All offseason we’ve heard that the Rangers were looking for catching help and now, even after re-signing Geovany Soto to a one-year deal, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that they’re interested in A.J. Pierzynski. Rosenthal notes that Texas’ righty dominated lineup could use a left-handed bat–especially if they fail to re-sign Josh Hamilton–and a Pierzynski-Soto…

  23. Time for an awkward reconciliation between the Rangers and Josh Hamilton?

    Dec 10, 2012, 9:07 AM EDT

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    This probably qualifies as a “deep thought,” but over the weekend Zack Greinke signed with the Dodgers and James Shields was dealt to the Royals.  Both Greinke and Shields were targets of the Texas Rangers. They’ve also sought to trade for Justin Upton, but they don’t want to deal a shortstop to Arizona and, with…

  24. Mariners “continue to target” free agent Josh Hamilton

    Dec 9, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

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    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports provides the following scoop: The Seattle Mariners, searching for offense, continue to target slugger Josh Hamilton. The Mariners probably aren’t prepared to meet Hamilton’s request for a seven-year deal, but they seem to have emerged as the likeliest alternative to the incumbent Rangers by virtue of their perceived willingness to go longer than most.…

  25. Rangers still want to trade for Diamondbacks’ Justin Upton

    Dec 9, 2012, 11:42 AM EDT

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    Most assumed that after losing free agent righty Zack Greinke to the Dodgers, the Rangers would shift their focus (and winter budget) back toward Josh Hamilton. But that might not be the case. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Rangers “still want to trade for” Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton. Which would mean letting Hamilton…

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