Last winter the Angels signed Albert Pujols. This time it’s Josh Hamilton.
Once again taking the top offensive free agent off the market, the Angels have agreed to a five-year deal that will keep Hamilton in the American League West but pull him out of Texas. As you might expect, the cost is significant. The Angels will reportedly pay Hamilton $125 million, for an average annual cost of $25 million per season.
The Angels were reportedly chasing Zack Greinke, but when the market’s top pitcher signed with the other L.A. team, the Angels instead built a remarkably potent offense. In the process, they wiped away any long-shot hope of the Yankees making a surprising move for Hamilton.
With Hamilton off the board, former Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher should now be free to pick a team, and I have to think the Rangers could be interested in using Swisher to make up for some of their lost offense. I also can’t help wondering whether this might spur the Rangers to make a stronger push toward trading for Justin Upton.