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chop
12-13-2012, 12:45 PM
http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/los-angeles-angels-free-agent-josh-hamilton-five-year-deal-hot-stove-121312

The Los Angeles Angels (http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/team/los-angeles-angels/71589?q=los-angeles-angels) are in agreement on a five-year contract with free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton (http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/josh-hamilton/307923?q=josh-hamilton), major-league sources told FOXSports.com.

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Joe McDonnell of FOX Sports West first reported the sides were in serious talks Thursday, as the Angels are shocked the baseball industry by signing away a superstar from the rival Texas Rangers (http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/team/texas-rangers/71599?q=texas-rangers).
Hamilton becomes the second elite hitter to join Angels in as many offseasons. Albert Pujols (http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/albert-pujols/85809?q=albert-pujols) left the Cardinals to sign a 10-year, $240 million deal with the Angels a little more than one year ago.
The next question is how the Angels would arrange their lineup around Hamilton. If Hamilton plays left field alongside phenom Mike Trout, the Angels would need to move Mark Trumbo (http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/mark-trumbo/988388?q=mark-trumbo) to third base or right field. If Trumbo stays in the outfield, that would mean reduced playing time for Vernon Wells (http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/vernon-wells/85404?q=vernon-wells) and Peter Bourjos (http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/peter-bourjos/887392?q=peter-bourjos).
Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto also could trade designated hitter Kendrys Morales (http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/kendrys-morales/287555?q=kendrys-morales) to open up DH at-bats for Wells and Hamilton.
One way or another, the Angels are responding to their third-place disappointment of 2012 with one of the more startling moves in recent baseball history.

That is a scary lineup.

Pasta Giant Meatball
12-13-2012, 12:47 PM
crazy

sd4chiefs
12-13-2012, 12:48 PM
They should change thier name to the Los Angeles Yangees.

Chief_For_Life58
12-13-2012, 12:53 PM
that would be a crazy lineup

something cooler
12-13-2012, 12:58 PM
They really have stolen the Yankees play book.

something cooler
12-13-2012, 12:58 PM
oh and baseball sucks for this

HemiEd
12-13-2012, 01:05 PM
So does this mean that David Glass will enjoy the benefits of some "luxury tax" dividends, or do they still have that?

Prison Bitch
12-13-2012, 01:07 PM
So does this mean that David Glass will enjoy the benefits of some "luxury tax" dividends, or do they still have that?

They do. He earns about 40m of his 160m in total revenues via the welfare state. Er, "revenue sharing"

jd1020
12-13-2012, 01:11 PM
Maybe with this signing they'll actually make the playoffs next year. Or they could become the MLB's version of the Lakers.

HemiEd
12-13-2012, 01:19 PM
They do. He earns about 40m of his 160m in total revenues via the welfare state. Er, "revenue sharing"

Cool, maybe he can afford getting the payroll to 80+ this season.

DJ's left nut
12-13-2012, 01:59 PM
Carlota will be here shortly to excoriate me for once again accusing Arte Moreno of having to go out and buy a new shiny bauble to keep the shitty Angels fans paying attention.

And they'll do it again next year, and the year after, and the year after. This is what Arte has to do out there to keep from fading into obscurity. The team has the most electric ballplayer in baseball on it (here's a hint: it's not the aging 1b) and yet Moreno had no choice but to make this move to keep from just disappearing from the LA papers altogether.

Look at the shiny thing, Carlota! Here it is, girl! Here it is! Good girl....

SPchief
12-13-2012, 02:03 PM
Carlota will be here shortly to excoriate me for once again accusing Arte Moreno of having to go out and buy a new shiny bauble to keep the shitty Angels fans paying attention.

And they'll do it again next year, and the year after, and the year after. This is what Arte has to do out there to keep from fading into obscurity. The team has the most electric ballplayer in baseball on it (here's a hint: it's not the aging 1b) and yet Moreno had no choice but to make this move to keep from just disappearing from the LA papers altogether.

Look at the shiny thing, Carlota! Here it is, girl! Here it is! Good girl....

LMAO

Dayze
12-13-2012, 02:29 PM
All right Hamilton!
http://www.blogsmithcdn.com/avatar/images/11/1206727_50.jpg

Molitoth
12-13-2012, 02:32 PM
NO SALARY CAP IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!

:rolleyes:


Baseball is almost irrelevant.

Cephalic Trauma
12-13-2012, 02:34 PM
I'm Ron Burgandy?

MIAdragon
12-13-2012, 02:40 PM
5 years? Ouch. La is absolutely the place a recovering addict would go to avoid temptation.

whoman69
12-13-2012, 02:47 PM
Cool, maybe he can afford getting the payroll to 80+ this season.

If he did that then he wouldn't get money anymore. He had it up to $72 a few years ago and did a salary dump.

Carlota69
12-13-2012, 02:51 PM
Carlota will be here shortly to excoriate me for once again accusing Arte Moreno of having to go out and buy a new shiny bauble to keep the shitty Angels fans paying attention.

And they'll do it again next year, and the year after, and the year after. This is what Arte has to do out there to keep from fading into obscurity. The team has the most electric ballplayer in baseball on it (here's a hint: it's not the aging 1b) and yet Moreno had no choice but to make this move to keep from just disappearing from the LA papers altogether.

Look at the shiny thing, Carlota! Here it is, girl! Here it is! Good girl....
Boy, Im really under your skin huh? You poor thing....

CoMoChief
12-13-2012, 02:52 PM
That's gonna be a crazy lineup

RIP ALW pitching....

Frazod
12-13-2012, 03:00 PM
That's gonna be a crazy lineup

RIP ALW pitching....

How do you say "declining skills" in Spanish?

Mr. Laz
12-13-2012, 03:11 PM
I hope their 'all-star' team implodes like most of them do.

Raiderhader
12-13-2012, 03:18 PM
5 years? Ouch. La is absolutely the place a recovering addict would go to avoid temptation.

And staying with a team who's manager is a coke head is any better?

theelusiveeightrop
12-13-2012, 03:19 PM
Print those WS tickets, just like last year at this time. Oh, wait...............

Tytanium
12-13-2012, 03:28 PM
Doesn't this make Peter Borjous superfluous? He might be a cheap option to dump Frenchy. At least he ought to be replacement level, right?

Demonpenz
12-13-2012, 04:00 PM
Seems kinda on the downslope of an awesome career. Saw him hit a ball 1 zillion feet at the K last year.

Three7s
12-13-2012, 04:09 PM
Doesn't this make Peter Borjous superfluous? He might be a cheap option to dump Frenchy. At least he ought to be replacement level, right?
I would take Borjous over Francoeur without even thinking twice. He's got great speed and gold glove defense. I could certainly live with him rather than seeing Francouer flailing away at every pitch.

Death2CasselFans
12-13-2012, 04:38 PM
Bleep you Zach Greinke for leaving Los Angles Angels for the stupid Dodgers

Nightfyre
12-13-2012, 04:49 PM
Baseball is looking for an all-LA world series. :rolleyes:

MIAdragon
12-13-2012, 05:03 PM
Baseball is looking for an all-LA world series. :rolleyes:

Doubt it.

Saul Good
12-13-2012, 05:04 PM
Nothing says ratings like games that end a 1:30 AM Eastern.

Prison Bitch
12-13-2012, 05:26 PM
Hamilton claims his 2nd half slump was due to him trying to quit chewing tobacco. Not sure I believe that but he does have a history of addictions and having them interfere with his amazing talent so you never know with him

MIAdragon
12-13-2012, 05:29 PM
Hamilton claims his 2nd half slump was due to him trying to quit chewing tobacco. Not sure I believe that but he does have a history of addictions and having them interfere with his amazing talent so you never know with him

Right, it wasn't his shitty knees that required multiple injections just to keep him in the lineup.

seclark
12-13-2012, 05:34 PM
Hamilton claims his 2nd half slump was due to him trying to quit chewing tobacco. Not sure I believe that but he does have a history of addictions and having them interfere with his amazing talent so you never know with him

no way
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Count Zarth
12-13-2012, 05:44 PM
Reason #29592780603 I ignore baseball mostly.

Fruit Ninja
12-13-2012, 05:53 PM
yet, the last 3 world series were not big market teams with the giants twice and the Cardinals once.

Its about what team gets hot at the end of the year. just like football. Basketball is the only real sport i think that the better team wins.

unnecessary drama
12-13-2012, 05:58 PM
I love Hamilton!

I love Trout!

I hate Pujols =(

tk13
12-13-2012, 06:10 PM
If he did that then he wouldn't get money anymore. He had it up to $72 a few years ago and did a salary dump.

Just for correction, it was up around 75-80 million for a couple years in the 2009-2010 range, and it wasn't really a salary dump as much as losing Jose Guillen and Gil Meche's contracts. That was a third of the payroll right there. With this offseason's moves so far the current payroll will mostly like be around 80 million.

Either way, there's actually a pretty good list of teams who have made the playoffs with a lower payroll than the Royals the last 6-7 years. There's no excuse.

tk13
12-13-2012, 06:15 PM
As for this move, I don't know. Hamilton's such a streaky player. When he's on he's amazing, and other times he gets in these funks due to one strange reason or another. If he's on though he'll really be a weapon in that lineup.

Although it does raise the question of what this Angels team will look like in about 5 years when they're paying a 36 year old Hamilton and 38 year old Pujols $50 million.

DJ's left nut
06-04-2013, 09:00 AM
Swept at home by the Houston Astros.

And these are the best years you're going to get out of those Pujols/Hamilton contracts.

I'm not sure how many more shiny baubles the Angels can afford at this point.

Rudy lost the toss
06-04-2013, 09:04 AM
6 in a row! Go Stros!

Prison Bitch
06-04-2013, 09:11 AM
Sciosia should be on the hot seat. His GM absolutely must be. They are fcked for a long time on those deals. The back ends will be harder to swallow than refrigerated Big Macs.

DJ's left nut
06-04-2013, 09:27 AM
Sciosia should be on the hot seat. His GM absolutely must be. They are fcked for a long time on those deals. The back ends will be harder to swallow than refrigerated Big Macs.

I've been told by very knowledgeable Angel fans that Tony Reagins was the cause of all Anaheim troubles and that Jerry Dipoto is going to solve everything.

I mean, nevermind the fact that the only decent players on that roster are Reagins holdovers.

This couldn't have happened to a better cast of characters. Arte deserves this trainwreck.

Frazod
06-04-2013, 09:35 AM
That's gonna be a crazy lineup

RIP ALW pitching....

CoMo strikes again. LMAO

DJ's left nut
06-04-2013, 10:19 AM
I went back and read through the Pujols to Anaheim thread last night...holy shit that thing was gold.

And for the record, I owned that thread...

Pujols will have another MVP caliber season before all is said and done and I'm sure the diluted Wild Card format will get the Angels into the post-season a time or two (because of Mike Trout) before Albert is done out there, but it's funny just how poorly all these huge FA signings work out for them.

Meanwhile, Matt Harvey is pitching in NY because the Angels wouldn't meet his draft demands in 2007. They let him walk over less than 1% of what they'll be paying Albert. Jean Segurra is presently destroying the world in Milwaukee. Patrick Corbin has the best slider in baseball and just won the NL Pitcher of the Month for May. Tyler Skaggs is a the kind of high strikeout lefty that every team in baseball is looking for.

A smart organization would have Harvey, Corbin and Skaggs on their staff with Segura setting the table for homegrown stars like Trout. The Angels, OTOH, have a bloated payroll and a bunch of fading stars with very little on the horizon to save them.

Fortunately for them, there's going to be another batch of aging superstars they can pluck from next year to keep their fans engaged. Maybe they'll be interested in giving Beltran a 4 year deal next offseason.

Demonpenz
06-04-2013, 10:28 AM
St. Louis did the right thing.

Carlota69
06-04-2013, 10:49 AM
I've been told by very knowledgeable Angel fans that Tony Reagins was the cause of all Anaheim troubles and that Jerry Dipoto is going to solve everything.

I mean, nevermind the fact that the only decent players on that roster are Reagins holdovers.

This couldn't have happened to a better cast of characters. Arte deserves this trainwreck.

Well, you were right about a few things. Pujols is a shell of himself, especially this year. And Arte is more to blame for the failings of this paticular roster than anyone.

But, Bill Stonemans drafts are the highlights of this team, not Reagins. The only good thing Reagins did was listen to the scouts touting Trout. Aybar, Bourjous, Trumbo, Weaver, Kendrick and Conger (Altho I cant stand Conger), were all Stonemans drafts.

Hamilton is a fucking abortion.

Rudy lost the toss
06-04-2013, 10:50 AM
St. Louis did the right thing.

Ugh. Fuck that team.

suzzer99
06-04-2013, 12:44 PM
Hamilton in LA might be a bit too much temptation.

Mi_chief_fan
06-04-2013, 01:13 PM
Swept by the Astros? If that's not rock bottom, what is?

Frazod
06-04-2013, 01:29 PM
Swept by the Astros? If that's not rock bottom, what is?

Getting swept by the Angels?

Mi_chief_fan
06-04-2013, 01:37 PM
LMAO

Touché, my friend.