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With three-fifths of their starting rotation gone, the Los Angeles Angels have been busy plugging holes and upgrading a bullpen that routinely surrendered leads last season.
They introduced new pitchers Joe Blanton and Tommy Hanson on Wednesday, along with relievers Sean Burnett and Ryan Madson - both of whom are coming off surgery.
General manager Jerry Dipoto says the Angels' staff is deeper than it was last season, despite the losses of starters Zack Greinke, Dan Haren and Ervin Santana. Greinke moved up the freeway to join the rival Dodgers in a $147 million, six-year deal that left Dipoto defending Blanton, who signed for $15 million and two years.
Dipoto says Blanton gives the Angels stability and a winning player.
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With the news that the Los Angeles Angels just signed Josh Hamilton to a five-year contract for a reported $125 million, it begs the question: Five...
You probably think I’m crazy don’t you?
Or worse, you think I’m going to make some sort of tasteless assumption that Josh Hamilton going to LA will lead him back to his past addictions.
So how on Earth can Josh Hamilton – the 2010 AL MVP; the first free agent coming off a 40-HR, 120-RBI season since Alex Rodriguez; the man with talent seemingly on loan from God – be a downgrade...
After losing out on Zack Greinke, the Angels decided to just take the money they had ticketed for a pitcher and sign Josh Hamilton instead. It’s certainly a bold move, and even with all of Hamilton’s red flags, he should probably project as something around a +4 win player for 2013, though of course the variance around that mark is probably larger than with most hitters. However...
Sean Burnett’s deal with the Angels is worth a guaranteed $8 million over two years, but the value could jump to $13.25 million over three years if he achieves all available incentives, one source confirmed.
Burnett, one of the top left-handed relievers on the free-agent market, has a club option for 2015 worth $4.5 million; it will vest if he appears in 110 games between the ’13...
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Josh Hamilton reportedly has signed a five-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and terms appear to be in the range of $25 million per season.
The Los Angeles Angels made yet another enormous offseason splash on Thursday by reportedly signing Josh Hamilton to a five-year, $125 million deal. Last winter, the Angels locked down the best hitter on the free agent market by bringing Albert Pujols aboard. They did the same this year by aggressively pursuing Hamilton and giving him the fifth year that many teams were hesitant...
FORT WORTH, Texas The normally pleasant Texas Rangers media luncheon took a turn late Thursday afternoon.
That's when Texas general manager Jon Daniels ducked out of the banquet room at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel and took a call from Mike Moye, Josh Hamilton's agent.
Moye informed the club that Hamilton had agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Angels. He's leaving...
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Josh Hamilton left the Texas Rangers on Thursday and agreed to a 125 million, five-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said the slugging free-agent outfielder had reached the deal with the AL West rival Angels. Two people familiar with the talks disclosed the amount and length of the contract, speaking on condition...
After signing free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton yesterday
the Los Angeles Angels continue to have an eye on the pitching market, as the
club is interested in New York Mets starters R.A. Dickey and Jonathon Niese, reports
Matthew Cerrone of MetsBlog.com.
While the Texas Rangers have “sounded like the best option
for Dickey” throughout the offseason because they’re...
Remember yesterday when Jerry Dipoto said that he was pretty much done making moves? And remember earlier in the off-season when he insisted that the position player side of the roster was set? Yeah, about that...
According to MLB source the Angels are in SERIOUS negotiations with Josh Hamilton. No deal has been reached as of yet.
— Joe McDonnell (@joeontheradio)...
For the second year in a row, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim* have come out of Anaheim nowhere to sign the biggest name on the free agent market, inking former MVP Josh Hamilton to a five-year, $125 million contract. Everyone's shocked, including Jon Daniels and Torii Hunter.
[ * - Note: For real? We're still doing this?]
First of all ... I'd be interested...
They say that when a butterfly flaps his wings, it can cause a tsunami halfway around the world. Conversely, when an outfielder signs in California, flipping out commences in Flushing.
Josh Hamilton signed a 5-year $125 million deal with the L.A.A. of A. It surprised everybody, although it shouldn't have. First, because the Angels are ninjas. Second, what other place could...