Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton will join the club on Monday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Since joining the Rangers from the Angels in a late-April transaction, the 34-year-old has been playing with Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock. In 46 combined plate appearances at both levels, Hamilton has hit .364/.391/.545 with one home run and six RBI.
Hamilton underwent shoulder surgery in February and later admitted to relapsing into cocaine use, which created some tension between him and the Angels’ front office, including GM Jerry DiPoto and owner Arte Moreno.
It was reported earlier this week that scouts from other teams are “tracking” Phillies outfielder Ben Revere for a potential trade. Revere is aware of the speculation the situation he finds himself in these days, but he told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com today that he isn’t bothered by it.
“This is a business,” Revere said. “When Asche and Dom come back, we’re going to have a lot of outfielders and someone might be out. I just have to prepare to help my team win whether it’s here or somewhere else. Just bust my tail and try to stay in the lineup.”
Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reported yesterday that the Angels and Phillies have been discussing a trade involving Revere in recent weeks and Salisbury hears that those talks are “real.” Matt Joyce has been a big disappointment this season and Angels owner Arte Moreno willingly ate a lot of money to cut ties with Josh Hamilton, so the team is on the lookout for help in left field.
Revere was moved to left field this season in order for Odubel Herrera to get an opportunity in center field, but he doesn’t fit the typical profile of a corner outfielder. The 27-year-old is a .289 career hitter and offers plenty of speed, but he doesn’t walk and doesn’t hit for power. He had an 85 OPS+ for his career coming into Thursday’s action.
Revere, 27, is owed $4.1 million this season and is under team control through 2017. He’s unlikely to net the Phillies a top prospect.
Josh Hamilton is “clearly making progress” and will likely make his season debut for the Rangers early next week, general manager Jon Daniels told the Associated Press.
Hamilton has been playing at Double-A and Triple-A, basically treating it as spring training after February shoulder surgery followed by alcohol and drug relapses led to a trade from the Angels.
Daniels pegged the Rangers’ series against the Indians that begins next Monday as the “more likely” return date for Hamilton, who won an MVP award for Texas in 2010.
Hamilton had back-to-back disappointing seasons for the Angels, but his .741 OPS during that time was still slightly above the MLB average and as recently as 2012 he hit .285 with 43 homers and a .930 OPS in 148 games for the Rangers to finish fifth in the MVP voting.
With the Angels paying nearly all the money Hamilton is owed the Rangers have decided he’s worth taking a low-cost flier on and we’re about to start finding out if it was a smart move.