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Deal done: Josh Hamilton traded to the Texas Rangers for cash considerations


On Friday it was reported that the Angels and Rangers had agreed to a trade for Josh Hamilton. The deal is now done and the details announced: it’s for a player to be named later or cash considerations. There will be a press conference at 4:30 Eastern time, and presumably the details will be confirmed then or shortly thereafter.

As for now, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers will “pick up a small portion” of the remainder of Hamilton’s salary with the Angels responsible for the rest of the $83 million still owed. On Friday it was reported that the Rangers’ amount could be as low as $7 million for the remaining three years. There have also been reports that Hamilton can opt-out of his deal after the 2016 season.

Which, boy-howdy, is not a lot for a guy who could still be a good player. It basically means the Angels just gave up on the guy and gave up on their belief, however erroneous it was, that they could go after Hamilton for the money they still owed him under some sort of “bad behavior” clause in his deal. Now the Angels will be on the hook for the vast majority of the money he is owed and get nothing, it seems, in return.

Of course, given the events of the past several weeks, one suspects that Hamilton and the Angels would do just about anything to be rid of one another.

Following Hamilton’s admission of a drug relapse in late February, Major League Baseball held an arbitration in order to determine if he should be disciplined. Hamilton prevailed and faced no punishment, but the Angels were clearly dissatisfied with the results. In the wake of the ruling, multiple team officials issued public statements criticizing the arbitrator’s ruling and Hamilton’s behavior. Since then, Angels owner Arte Moreno has refused to state publicly if Hamilton would ever play for the Angels again. Hamilton’s locker was given to another player and all Hamilton merchandise had been removed from the Angels’ team store. Two weeks ago it was reported that Hamilton had placed his Orange County home up for sale.

Moreno has suggested to the press that the Angels possessed the legal right to claw back money from Hamilton pursuant to special substance abuse provisions in Hamilton’s contract and language which requires that Hamilton be in “first-class condition.” Sources familiar with the contract told NBC Sports two weeks ago, however, that no such provisions exist which would supersede the terms of the Joint Drug Agreement. The players union has likewise said that Joint Drug Agreement, which Hamilton has been found not to have violated, trumps any contract language to which Moreno may be referring. Last week Hamilton’s teammates who met with him in his Houston-area home told the Los Angeles Times that Hamilton was in excellent physical condition and eager to begin playing again.

This deal puts an end to that acrimony. And puts Josh Hamilton back in Texas, where he rose to his greatest heights as a major leaguer. In five seasons with the Rangers Hamilton hit .305/.363/.549 with 142 home runs and 506 RBI. He led the Rangers to two American League pennants and won the 2010 MVP award and batting title while likewise leading the league in OPS.

While Hamilton’s exit from Texas was a rocky one, a lot has happened since then. Hamilton, following two awful seasons and this latest drama, has been humbled. The Rangers are no longer a winning team. A reunion may not make the most baseball sense, but a commitment of only $7 million for a potential impact bat is not that much, and the reunion may not be the worst thing for a club and a player each of which could use something of a fresh start.

And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

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Orioles 18, Red Sox 7: Scoring 18 runs is neat. Doing so with the benefit of only one homer — a solo shot — means this was less of a big walloping than it was a continued and sustained beating. Kudos to the Orioles for avoiding those rally-killing bombs for the most part. Seven Oriole batters had multiple hits and four had three hits. Delmon Young drove in five runs and three others drove in three runs each. The Red Sox’ collective starting rotation ERA is 5.75. Which isn’t good, in case you were curious.

Yankees 6, Mets 4: A-Rod homered — he’s one away from Willie — and the Yankees took two of three in the Subway Series. Which means, based on the coverage I saw about all of this late last week, they now officially own New York. The Mets will sign over the deed to Citi Field in a noontime ceremony today. All persons identifying as Mets fans in the city, please report to the Javits Center for reeducation.

Phillies 5, Braves 4: Ryan Howard hit a homer for the second straight game as Philly takes two of three from Atlanta. Major League Baseball officials will meet in New York today to see if the second one counts, however, as it came against Trevor Cahill, who is under investigation for being a secret agent embedded with the Braves to bring them down from the inside. An alternative theory is that he’s really two kids, one on the other’s shoulders, in a trench coat disguised to look like a Braves uniform. That’s my theory anyway.

White Sox 3, Royals 2White Sox 5, Royals 3: Avisail Garcia with the walkoff single. Which, since it came at the conclusion of a game that was suspended in the ninth inning and had thus just resumed, probably felt a tad less climactic than these sorts of things tend to be. In the second, full game David Robertson got the save. After having won the resumed game, which he began. Meaning he threw the first and last pitch of the day. Which sort has my mind all blown up in here.

Tigers 8, Indians 6: I was at various stores and bars and places over the weekend and everywhere I went seemed to have a Tigers-Indians game on. I didn’t really watch a lot, but as I looked up from my lunch or a beer or while paying for a shirt or something at a cash register, it seemed like Cleveland was giving Cabrera an intentional walk. Probably wise. In this one he homered and drove in three. He has three homers on the year, all against the Indians.

Pirates 8, Diamondbacks 0: Francisco Liriano and the pen combined to toss a three-hitter. Liriano walked six as he did it, but sometimes even hitters are at a disadvantage if the pitcher doesn’t know where the ball’s going. The Pirates rapped out 14 hits. Which is a term I love. “rapped out.” I get a mental image of the Pirates on a stage, “Super Bowl Shuffle”-style, saying “We’re the Pittsburgh Pirates and we’re here to say . . .” Remember when sports teams did that stuff? Holy crap.

Cubs 5, Reds 2: Addison Russell started the season 2 for 19 with 11 strikeouts, but maybe his double with the bases loaded in the fourth inning, clearing the bases, will kickstart him. Or maybe it’ll take a while. I dunno, he’s a kid. Think about what you were like when you were 21. My god, we were all awful at everything when we were 21.

Marlins 6, Nationals 2: I’m not the alarmist type. I’ve seen enough baseball to where an otherwise good team struggling in April turned it around and, come August, people had forgotten all about that poor start. But the Nationals were supposed to be good a couple of years ago and never got off the ground so I imagine some Washington fans are a tad concerned. This game finished off the sweep by the Marlins, giving them their fifth win in a row. Giancarlo Stanton hit an RBI triple. And he scored after literally crawling back to third base, because fundamentals:


I feel like I’ve seen more messed up rundowns so far this season than I’ve seen in the past three seasons combined.

Rays 5, Blue Jays 1: The sweep continues Toronto’s futility at Tropicana Field. Which is weird because it’s the one ballpark in which they can maybe squint a bit and feel like they’re back in Rogers Centre. Chris Archer tossed seven shutout innings. He hasn’t allowed an earned run since his first start of the season, back on April 6.

Brewers 6, Cardinals 3: The Cardinals stranded eight runners in the first three innings and 14 overall. If hitting with men on was a special St. Louis skill like so many Cards fans insisted to me a couple of years ago when their RISP average was super high, maybe they’d have done better  here. Absent that, I’m gonna say that maybe there’s some luck involved in all of that.

Rangers 5, Angels 4: Less of a series than a meeting between mom and dad to swap custody of Josh Hamilton. The Rangers salvage one in the three-game series here. Leonys Martin hit a homer in the 11th and the Rangers scored a second run, which proved necessary, on an error.

Astros 7, Athletics 6: The win came on a two-run rally in the ninth when Evan Gattis hit a two-run double on a pitch up in his eyes. The A’s had walked Jed Lowrie to load the bases and get to Gattis, but he showed them. The Astros swept the A’s. Houston is in first place in the AL West.

Twins 4, Mariners 2: Joe Mauer with a two-run triple with two outs in the 11th. It was hit hard and likely falls in against anyone, but it’s probably not crazy to say that a better right fielder than Nelson Cruz at least gets to that ball faster, takes an angle that allows him to cut it off and doesn’t let it roll to the wall. Maybe it doesn’t matter, but I feel like M’s fans are gonna be dealing with the tradeoffs Nelson Cruz creates all season.

Padres 3, Dodgers 1Alexi Amarista and Derek Norris homered to help the Padres avoid the sweep and their fourth straight loss. Brandon Morrow allowed one run on five hits over seven innings.

Giants vs. Rockies: POSTPONED: The rain came down

Soaked the old habachi
And I wish I could sing, like allen callaci
And then you would know
How sad it was, when the rain came down

Drop by drop
Gallon by gallon
Brother if I could sing,
If I could sing like allen
You would know
And understand how sad it was when the rain came down

Report: Rangers will pay Josh Hamilton less than $7 million; deal includes opt-out after two years

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The Josh Hamilton trade between the Angels and Rangers isn’t official yet, but Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News has some details on the specifics. The upshot? The Rangers will only be responsible for less than $7 million over the next three years and their commitment could end up being less than that.

In order to satisfy the Players Association, which tries to ensure maximum value of contracts for its players, Hamilton will also be given an opt-out clause after two years, sources said. That qualifies as an “extra benefit” for the player that would allow some modification of the deal. If he were to opt out, the Rangers commitment would be reduced further to perhaps less than $5 million.

Hamilton began this season with about $80.2 million remaining on his contract. The Angels are reportedly willing to cover $68 million of his remaining salary in order to turn the page on the situation. Meanwhile, Hamilton has agreed to forfeit $6 million as part of the trade, but it basically works out as a wash due to the difference in state income tax.

This is a no-brainer deal for the Rangers, who could be getting a bargain in Hamilton if he proves to be anything close to a productive player coming back from his relapse and shoulder surgery. While his tenure with the Angels will be viewed as a disappointment, he had a 110 OPS+ from 2013-2014. He could thrive in his return to Texas. The baseball aspect aside, it should also help to be back in a supportive environment.

Josh Hamilton heads back where he belongs

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With the Angels so terribly eager to dump him, Friday’s trade couldn’t have possibly worked out much better for Josh Hamilton.

Hamilton, ostracized by Angels management after his drug relapse, will return to a setting that suits him far better, even if his time in Arlington didn’t end on a high note. While there is lingering bitterness from part of the fan base, some of it deserved after negative comments that Hamilton made, there’s nothing so bad it can’t be put into the past. Obviously, Hamilton is embracing it, since he’s giving up money to make the trade happen. Hamilton was, after all, a bonafide superstar in Texas, winning MVP honors in 2010 and going to All-Star Games in each of his five seasons with the club. He hit 43 homers and drove in 128 runs in his final season there in 2012.

Just getting back into a ballpark that favors left-handed power hitters should do wonders for Hamilton. His decline in Anaheim wasn’t all about the tough hitting environment there, but it did exacerbate his problems. In 2014, all 10 of Hamilton’s homers came in road games. He hit .249/.314/.302 at home and .278/.347/.527 on the road. Basically, he was still a star while playing outside of Southern California.

It’s too much to ask Hamilton to match those road numbers after he returns from shoulder surgery this year, especially with everything else he’s dealing with off the field, including a divorce, but this is the best-case scenario for him from an on-field standpoint. And it’s a nice gamble for the Rangers, since they’ll be paying a fraction of the $25 million per year he’s owed through 2017. Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan says they’ll be on the hook for a mere $15 million total.

The Rangers will have to wait for Hamilton to finish rehabbing his shoulder, but once healthy, he’ll fill their massive void in left field. They opened the spring with Ryan Rua, Jake Smolinski, Michael Choice, Carlos Peguero and veterans Ryan Ludwick and Nate Schierholtz competing for the job, eventually settling on Rua and Smolinski. Rua, though, is going to miss at least a month with an ankle injury, and he wasn’t likely to settle in as a quality regular anyway.