The Angels Sign Josh Hamilton

by Jason Epstein

Last off-season, the Angels poached free agent ace pitcher C. J. Wilson from the division rival Rangers. Los Angeles did it again today, as general manager Jerry DiPoto reached an agreement with the agent for Texas’s star outfielder, Josh Hamilton, on a contract reportedly worth $125 million over five years.

Hamilton, 31, hit .285/.354/.577 and posted a 4.4 fWAR in 148 games with the Rangers in 2013. He was the most coveted position player in this year’s admittedly shallow free-agent pool.

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