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Rangers hoping to activate Josh Hamilton in late May


Josh Hamilton has gone through a couple workouts at the Rangers’ extended spring training complex in Arizona and everyone involved seems happy with how he looks physically following February shoulder surgery.

Hamilton told Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News that he’s basically treating this time as his March, “trying to do all the stuff I usually do in spring training, so I can be ready to roll.”

Outfield instructor Dwayne Murphy said: “I like what I see from him, especially the eagerness to play. I have to put the reins on him because he wants to do a lot more.”

As for when Hamilton might actually play for the Rangers, general manager Jon Daniels indicated that the targeted return timetable is late May. Next time the Rangers play the Angels? July 3-5, in Texas.

Josh Hamilton sent a video of himself hitting to the Rangers back in March

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This is interesting. Today, at Rangers camp in Surprise, Arizona, Josh Hamilton told reporters that he sent a video of him hitting back in March, presumably to show them that he was healthy. Hamilton said, “I sent video to the Rangers of me hitting March 9, full-go,” according to Jeff Fletcher of the OC Register.

The first questions this raises, of course, is one of tampering of some kind. As in, were Hamilton and/or the Rangers trying to get something done back then? Maybe not, based on the circumstances:

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram cited a source saying Hamilton’s video was sent to former teammate Michael Young, now a special assistant, and it was just two friends exchanging video, rather than Hamilton trying to manipulate a trade.

Michael Young is important, but he’s not making decisions for the Rangers. And, of course, Hamilton was persona non grata with the Angels. At most, it seems, this was a “see, I’m healthy” sort of thing. Which Hamilton backed at his press conference yesterday when he said that if he had been allowed to be with the Angels and rehab during spring training he’d be playing now.

Still, as Fletcher notes, the Angels may not be happy about his even if they’re not commenting on it now:

However, it’s not likely the Angels front office would have been happy with Hamilton sending the video if they knew about it. If Hamilton was lobbying the Rangers to acquire him, it could have affected what little leverage the Angels may have to had to make the best deal possible.

Rather rich, one thinks, given that the Angels were doing more than anyone could expect them to have done to eviscerate their own leverage during this time. If they had treated him like they should have, he may have been seen as a far more marketable player than he was perceived to be. And, as Fletcher also notes, this whole episode suggests that the Angels have been lying about Hamilton’s baseball readiness, which was their putative reason for keeping him away from the team.

My guess is that nothing comes of this. Except maybe some serious drama if the Rangers and Angels are playing meaningful games against one another down the stretch.

Source: Josh Hamilton rejected a trade to a National League team because he wanted to go back to Texas

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A source familiar with the Josh Hamilton trade negotiations tells HardballTalk that, prior to the deal to send him to the Rangers, the Angels had put together a trade that would’ve sent Hamilton to a National League team. Hamilton rejected the deal, however, because he waned to return to Texas.

The source further tells HardballTalk that, if Hamilton had accepted the trade to the NL team, the financial and/or contractual circumstances of the deal may have been better for him there than those under which he agreed to go to Texas.

Hamilton possessed a full no-trade clause under the deal he signed with Anaheim prior to the 2013 season. At the time the potential deal with the National League club was presented to him, Hamilton was aware of the Rangers’ interest. The source tells HardballTalk that the Rangers were “always around” since the notion of trading Hamilton emerged as a possibility.

During Hamilton’s introductory press conference which  just concluded, Hamilton said that the Rangers were his “first choice” when it became apparent that he’d be traded. He added that “If I could change the past . . . I probably wouldn’t have gone anywhere, I would’ve stayed here.”

This may explain, in part, why the Angels are eating so much of Hamilton’s contract.

Did the Angels shoot themselves in the foot in the Josh Hamilton situation?

Jerry Dipoto, Arte Moreno

The deal is done and Josh Hamilton is heading to Texas. The Rangers are paying less than $7 million for the guy, which is a great deal even if Hamilton performs at the level he’s shown in Anaheim the past two years. If, however, his health and sense of well-being are such that he’s able to approach his old level, the Rangers have themselves an absolute steal. No matter what happens, the Angels are paying Hamilton tens of millions of dollars to simply go away.

And I can’t help but think that’s their own damn fault.

While Rob Manfred continues to maintain that the Angels did not leak the fact of Hamilton’s drug relapse and the disciplinary hearing against him to the media, logic suggests that they’re the prime candidates. And even if they didn’t, the fact of the matter is that Angels officials gave multiple public comments about Hamilton in the wake of all of this, most of it negative, much of it suggesting that Hamilton has little or no value at the moment. He’s broken and sick and he’s the sort of person we don’t even want near our club, let alone on it, the Angels’ words and actions seem to have said.

There are always things that happen in negotiations we in the public don’t know about, but is it that hard to believe that, given how badly the Angels sandbagged Josh Hamilton and how clear they made it that they wanted to be rid of him that Jon Daniels realized he had a good bit of leverage here? Is it not reasonable to suggest that, had Hamilton’s issues remained confidential, they could’ve gotten a better deal for him? Not because the Rangers wouldn’t know — they’d have access to his medical history and, I presume, would be told of his relapse — but because the public wouldn’t. And if they didn’t Jon Daniels would not be able to tell Jerry Dipoto “hey, you gotta help me sell this deal to my fan base.” With said sale being a very low price tag to take on a guy perceived as damaged goods.

It’s all speculation on my part, I realize. Like I said, there are always things in these deals we do not know. But from where I’m sitting, I can’t see a lick of benefit the Angels got from publicly denigrating their player and I can’t see how this deal is particularly good for the Angels.

Maybe those things go together, maybe they don’t. But it’s hard to see what good came of the Angels’ peculiar approach to Josh Hamilton since February.