GM Jerry Dipoto: “Angels have serious concerns about Josh Hamilton’s conduct, health and behavior”

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In response to today’s ruling that Josh Hamilton will not be suspended for his drug relapse, Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto issued the following statement:

The Angels have serious concerns about Josh’s conduct, health and behavior and we are disappointed that he has broken an important commitment which he made to himself, his family, his teammates and our fans. We are going to do everything possible to assure he receives proper help for himself and for the well-being of his family.

Within the context of Hamilton being someone who has struggled with drug addiction for a significant portion of his life Dipoto’s “serious concerns” and “disappointed” comments come across with a tinge of anger and seem awfully callous.

Reading between the lines, it sure seems like the Angels are upset about still being on the hook for the $83 million remaining on Hamilton’s contract and, if nothing else, it’s certainly the opposite of welcoming him back to the team with open arms. This situation may get even uglier.

Report: Rangers sign Jordan Lyles to two-year, $16 million deal

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers and pitcher Jordan Lyles have agreed to a contract. ESPN’s Jeff Passan provided the details, reporting that it is a two-year, $16 million deal.

Lyles, 29, split last season between the Pirates and Brewers, performing much better with the latter. Overall, he compiled a 4.15 ERA with a 146 strikeouts and 55 walks across 141 innings. It was a return to full-time starting for Lyles, who had performed mostly as a reliever from 2016-18.

The Rangers also inked Kyle Gibson to a three-year, $30 million contract last week. Gibson and Lyles will join a rotation that also includes Mike Minor and Lance Lynn as well as youngster Kolby Allard.