Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/15/12
The Los Angeles Angels signed outfielder Josh Hamilton on Saturday and will introduce him at a press conference scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET in Anaheim. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that Hamilton's five-year, $125 million contract is official after he passed his physical exam. Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reported that Hamilton's contract includes a no-trade clause. He will make $15 million in the first year of the backloaded deal. The free-agent deal was reported on Thursday with Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels confirming that Hamilton left for the Angels. Hamilton, the 2010 AL MVP, belted 43 homers and drove in 128 runs this year for the Rangers, one of the two AL Wild Card representatives. He batted .283. Hamilton's former team tried to re-sign their All-Star. He had reportedly also met with the Seattle Mariners at the winter meetings. In L.A., he'll join an outfield that includes American League Rookie of the Year Mike Trout and Peter Bourjos. Hamilton could displace Mark Trumbo, who might switch to third base or be dealt. Hamilton, 31, has come back strong from a career nearly cut short by alcohol and substance abuse problems.
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