Feeling "a little upset" the Texas Rangers didn't move quickly enough to re-sign him, slugging outfielder Josh Hamilton donned a Los Angeles Angels jersey. He finalized a $125 million, five-year contract with the Angels.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Feeling “a little upset” the Texas Rangers didn’t move quickly enough to re-sign him, slugging outfielder Josh Hamilton donned a Los Angeles Angels jersey Saturday after finalizing a $125 million, five-year contract he called a new chapter in his life.
“I started off with the Devil Rays and now I’m an Angel,” said the five-time All-Star drafted by Tampa Bay before making his major-league debut with Cincinnati in 2007.
Hamilton, the 2010 American League most valuable player, joins a batting order that already includes Albert Pujols and Mike Trout, the AL rookie of the year. The 31-year-old Hamilton hit a career-high 43 home runs, batted .285 and drove in 128 runs in 148 games last season.
“To get a guy like Josh and combine him with Albert is going to give us building blocks for what we hope is years to come,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “We can’t wait.”
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Angels owner Arte Moreno said, “It was a great investment.”
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels had hoped to re-sign Hamilton, who led Texas to consecutive World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011.
Daniels said he was disappointed the Rangers never got a chance to match any offer during the process, as they had expected, or be contacted before Hamilton agreed with another team.
“I gave them everything I had for five years,” Hamilton said. “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little upset they didn’t put the press on.”
The slugger was considered a risk by some teams because of his history of alcohol and substance abuse. Shayne Kelley, who worked in a support role for Hamilton in Texas, will be a daily presence with the Angels.
• A small Texas startup has sued Hamilton over a “Play Hard, Pray Harder” clothing line sold by the maker of Christian-inspired products, whose founder said is no longer in business with the family of Hamilton.
The federal lawsuit accuses North Carolina-based ScriptureArt — which features Hamilton modeling a “Play Hard, Pray Harder” T-shirt on its website — of marketing a slogan already claimed by Dallas-based Play Hard Pray Harder LLC. Corporate filings show the Texas company formed in January.
• The Philadelphia Phillies added a setup man and starter, agreeing to a $12 million, two-year contract with right-handed reliever Mike Adams, 34, and a one-year deal with lefty John Lannan, 28, for a reported $2.5 million. Sources said the deals were pending physicals.
Adams was 5-3 with a 3.27 earned-run average last season for Texas. Lannan, 4-1 with a 4.13 ERA for Washington this year, is expected to replace Vance Worley, who was traded to Minnesota, in the rotation.