The Angels shocked everyone on Thursday by signing Josh Hamilton. Adding to the surprise factor was the magnitude of the deal.
Hamilton inked a five-year pact with Los Angeles, which apparently was too lengthy for Boston’s blood, even though the Red Sox reportedly did consider the five-time All-Star. According to WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford, the Sox were interested in possibly signing Hamilton, but only if they could have gotten the free-agent outfielder on a deal of three years or fewer.
Hamilton was believed to be seeking a deal for five or six years, but reports throughout this offseason indicated that clubs were hesitant to give the 31-year-old such a deal. That led to speculation about Hamilton potentially signing a three-year deal with a higher annual salary.
Ever since the megadeal that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto to the Dodgers, Ben Cherington and Co. have been steadfast on the notion that they’re not looking to make any long-term commitments...