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.