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

    Dec 18, 2012, 3:48 PM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 18, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

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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…

  3. Quote of the Day: Katie Hamilton

    Dec 17, 2012, 9:25 AM EST

    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…

  4. Angels hire Josh Hamilton’s accountability partner

    Dec 16, 2012, 8:45 AM EST

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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…

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

    Dec 15, 2012, 8:24 PM EST

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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.…

  6. Angels have discussed trade for Tigers starter Rick Porcello

    Dec 15, 2012, 6:57 PM EST

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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…

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

    Dec 15, 2012, 5:10 PM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 15, 2012, 1:55 PM EST

    Chicago White Sox v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    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…

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

    Dec 15, 2012, 12:25 PM EST

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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…

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

    Dec 14, 2012, 12:31 PM EST

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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…

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

    Dec 14, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    Adam LaRoche

    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…

  12. NBC SportsTalk: reaction to the Josh Hamilton signing

    Dec 14, 2012, 10:32 AM EST

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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…

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

    Dec 14, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

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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…

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

    Dec 14, 2012, 8:26 AM EST

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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…

  15. Nick Swisher to visit with multiple teams next week

    Dec 13, 2012, 7:01 PM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 13, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

    Burn

    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…

  17. U mad, Torii?

    Dec 13, 2012, 3:33 PM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 13, 2012, 3:18 PM EST

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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…

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

    Dec 13, 2012, 2:41 PM EST

    Josh Hamilton AP

    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.…

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

    Dec 13, 2012, 1:55 PM EST

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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…

  21. Nick Swisher is not even close to signing

    Dec 13, 2012, 12:33 PM EST

    Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher

    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…

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

    Dec 13, 2012, 7:34 AM EST

    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,…

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

    Dec 12, 2012, 7:39 PM EST

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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…

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

    Dec 12, 2012, 2:07 PM EST

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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]…

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

    Dec 12, 2012, 10:30 AM EST

    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…

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