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Until recently, the Angels were planning on sporting no more than a $145 million payroll in 2013. Enter Josh Hamilton.
Start giggling now.
It seemed like they were done when the acquisition of two starting pitchers (Tommy Hanson and Joe Blanton) and two back-end relievers (Ryan Madson and Sean Burnett). That pushed them to about $140 million.
Angels’ owner Arte Moreno, one offseason removed from spending more than $315 million on Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson, decided he couldn’t let another winter go by not being the center of attention. The opportunity presented it self and prompted Moreno to push the payroll to a franchise record of about $165 million:
The acquisition of Hamilton makes cost-controlled Angels outfielders like Peter Bourjos and/or Mark Trumbo expendable. This gives them an opportunity to trade for a starting pitcher (like knuckleballer R.A. Dickey of the Mets who is currently in a stalemate in his contract negotiations with the Amazins’). It also counters the big-...
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By David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior WriterFor the past few years, the Angels have needed a left-handed bat in the heart of their lineup. The Angels have had plenty of sluggers, but they were primarily right-handers. They lacked the balance that could strike fear in an opposing pitcher and could neutralize any advantage an opposing manager could invoke against the heart of...
Listen below to the private round table discussion with the media and Josh Hamilton.
Our own David Saltzer was present and asked some questions along with other members of the local and national media.
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Feeling "a little upset" that Texas didn't move quickly enough to re-sign him, free-agent outfielder Josh Hamilton donned a Los Angeles Angels jersey on Saturday after finalizing a 125 million, five-year contract that he called a new chapter in his life.
"I started off with the Devil Rays and now I'm an Angel," said the five-time All...
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Los Angeles Angels will pay 2 million directly to Josh Hamilton's charitable foundation under his 125 million contract.
Under the five-year deal completed Saturday, the All-Star outfielder receives a 10 million signing bonus and salaries of 15 million in each of the next two seasons, 23 million in 2015 and 30 million apiece in 2016 and 2017.
On each June...
A small Texas startup has sued 2010 American League MVP Josh Hamilton over a ''Play Hard, Pray Harder'' clothing line sold by the maker of Christian-inspired products, whose founder said Saturday is no longer in business with the slugger's family.
The federal lawsuit accuses North Carolina-based ScriptureArt -- which features Hamilton modeling a ''Play...
ANAHEIM, CA I started out with the Devil Rays and now Im an Angel, said a smiling Josh Hamilton during his first news conference as a member of the Angels. And while the trip from Tampa Bay may have taken 13 years and stops in two other cities to complete, the move from Arlington, Texas to Orange County was finished as fast as you can say free agent coup.
Thats exactly what it...
By David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer
How do you measure the impact of a major slugger on a lineup? Easy, ask a great pitcher.
At the Angels Press Conference to introduce Josh Hamilton, AngelsWin.com caught up with Mark Langston, a great left-hander, to ask him how he would approach a series facing a lineup with Trout, Trumbo, Pujols and Hamilton. We asked him how...
What could the Texas Rangers have done if they wanted to re-sign Josh Hamilton?
“She said they should have put a ring on it.” said Hamilton at his introduction on Sunday.
Hamilton was his typical joking self in the press conference but expressed disappointment that he was not perused by the Rangers with more aggression.
“I gave them everything I had for five years,” Hamilton...
The Los Angeles Angels are into Josh Hamilton for five years and $125 million and, although team owner Arte Moreno said there was "no special language" in the outfielder's contract citing consequences for a potential drug or alcohol relapse, the team will take extra steps to keep the admitted addict on the straight and narrow.
One of the first moves is hiring Hamilton...
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...
Perhaps aside from the Los Angeles Angels winning the Josh Hamilton sweepstakes the Toronto Blue Jays have without a doubt made the biggest splash in the MLB offseason. After raiding the Miami Marlins’ roster with the acquisitions of shortstop Jose Reyes and pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle the Jays made another significant move by [...]
The AngelsWin.com 2013 Spring Fanfest will return to the Fiesta Conference Center in Tempe on March 16th (Saturday). This will be AngelsWin.com's 7th annual spring event and it's sure to be one of the best with the excitement following Mike Trout 2012 campaign, a revamped bullpen and the recent addition of Josh Hamilton to an already good ballclub that boasts two former...
The December 18th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including how the Hamilton signing went down, Bourjos for Nolasco rumor, the best hitter trios of all-time and much more...
The Story: How the Josh Hamilton signing came to pass.
The Monkey Says: We've seen bits and pieces of all this in various other articles, but this gives a better...
FanGraphs managing editor Dave Cameron analyzes all baseball — and, in particular, the part of baseball concerning the trade of R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays from the Mets for prospects. Also: how the Angels’ signing of Josh Hamilton doesn’t particularly represent a huge payroll spike for them. Also-also: the Phillies spend more on a relief than starting pitcher...