Who would've thought two years after signing Josh Hamilton the Angels would be trading him back to their division rival! The Rangers have indeed traded for their former MVP back, plus they didn't have to give up any prospects or have to pay his huge contract. It even sounds like Hamilton wanted to go here and here only.
Josh Hamilton's deal was announced Monday in a press conference with Texas GM, John Daniels. "If I could change the past I would...I probably wouldn't have gone anywhere, I would've stayed here", Hamilton said. Hamilton left the Rangers two offseasons ago to go to the division rivala Lots Angeles Angels. He also was quoted saying, "Texas is not a baseball town." After that offseason Texas fans absolutely hated Hamilton and they let him know how much they hated him whenever he came back to Texas to play the Rangers. Rangera fans honestly were stunned by Hamilton's actions, all they had done for him is provide him the perfect situation to get his career back on track.
After being selected number 1 overall in the 1999 draft, Hamilton was a star in the making. But after failed drugs tests Hamilton was bounced around and ended up with the Cincinnati Reds in 2007. He then had a breakout season and nearly won Rookie of the Year. The next offseason he bounced to the Rangers, and the Rangers provided the perfect situation for him and he finally really broke out. Hamilton won MVP in 2010 and had a fantastic season, leading the Rangers to the World Series. Ultimately they were just wondering, why would he do something like this? After struggling at the plate and battling injuries in his first two seasord, this was the year that he started going back to drugs. In Los Angeles, he simply didn't have the support system that he had in Texas, so when he went through those two miserable years he decided to turn back to drugs. Thats when the Angels had finally had enough of Hamilton, they decided it was time for a trade. It was reported that the Angels had a deal with a NL team but Hamilton simply told the team he wanted to come back to Texas. That's why I believe Rangers fans should support Hamilton because he simply made a mistake by picking the Angels. Next I will look at both sides of the trade.
The Angels simply are saying that they made a mistake and owning up to it, they didn't even get to shed most of Hamilton's contact in this deal or get any type of prospect. They just wanted to get Hamilton off their team and receive at least a little benefit instead of just releasing him. Now the Angels will just hope to move on with Matt Joyce filling Hamilton's hole.
The Rangers however are in a position where it is low risk high reward type of situation. If Hamilton just plays close to how he did in his Rangers years then he should be worth way more then about 7 million dollars a season If he returns to his glory days then the Rangers could have an explosive middle of the lineup with Fielder-Beltre-Hamilton. The Rangers however will not get Hamilton's service for at least another month due to the fact that he is just now starting Spring Training. The Rangers expect him to take over left field once again for them.
This deal is a very unique deal because off all of the tension between the Rangers and Hamilton the past two years, I would watch closely how he ends up doing with Texas. Hamiltoa, who will turn 34 in May, will look to have a bounce back year and help Texas begin to contend once again.