An arbitrator recently ruled that Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton would not be punished for a drug relapse. That decision didn’t sit well with the Angels’ brass, as GM Jerry DiPoto released a rather curious statement critical of Hamilton.
The drama continues. When asked if he can say Hamilton will play again for the Angels, owner Arte Moreno responded, “I will not say that,” Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Moreno says the Angels have language in Hamilton’s contract regarding a drug relapse and the club may try to enforce it.
Hamilton, 33, is in the third year of a five-year, $125 million contract. He is owed $83 million for the 2015-17 seasons. If Hamilton had been suspended by Major League Baseball for his drug relapse, the Angels would have had relief from some of his $23 million salary for this season.
On Saturday, the Phillies completed a trade with the Twins for right-handed reliever Mike Morin. The Twins will get cash considerations in the deal.
It’s a fairly quick turnaround for the 28-year-old Morin, who was designated for assignment on Tuesday after the Twins returned first baseman Eddie Rosario and outfielder C.J. Cron to the active roster. In 23 appearances for Minnesota, the righty registered a 3.18 ERA, 0.8 BB/9, and 4.4 SO/9 through 22 2/3 innings, a brief but promising improvement over the rough patch he weathered with the Mariners in 2018.
As the Phillies intend to move Morin to the 40-man roster this weekend, they’ll transfer fellow right-hander Seranthony Domínguez to the 60-day injured list in order to clear a spot for the new reliever. Domínguez, 24, suffered a UCL tear in his right elbow last month and is still working his way back to the mound — though there’s speculation that he may undergo Tommy John surgery at some point in the near future.