Anaheim, CA - The Los Angeles Angels have agreed to terms on a five year contract with former Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton. Hamilton brings a much needed left handed bat to the Angels while replacing Torii Hunter in the lineup.
The contract is valued at $125 million over the five seasons.
Hamilton, 31, was a first-round pick of Tampa Bay in 1999. His transactions list and issues with substance abuse have been well documented. Hamilton became the superstar his skills suggested during his five seasons with the Texas Rangers. Hamilton was the 2010 American League Most Valuable Player leading Texas to back to back World Series appearances.
Hamilton bashed a career high 43 homers in 2012 giving the Angels four bats with 30 homeruns or better.