Josh Hamilton Signs With the Angels for Five Years, $125 Million

The city of Los Angeles may rival the deficits of some small countries by the time this offseason is over.  The Dodgers spending spree has been well-documented, and while the Angels have spent some too, they had yet to really unseat the Dodgers as the big spender in the City of Angels.  They may not have unseated the boys in blue, but they certainly gave them a run for their money yesterday by signing Josh Hamilton.

Hamilton was the biggest free agent target this offseason, and according to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, the 31-year old slugger has found his landing spot.  His astronomical price was met by the Angels who are giving Hamilton a five-year, $125 million contract.  He and Albert Pujols will potentially make more than the entire Miami Marlins team in 2013.



The Angels allowed Zack Greinke to walk via free agency (to the Dodgers no less), so they had money to spend.  They chose to spend it on another bat rather than another pitcher.  Whether that ends up biting them in the end will be determined throughout the season, but at very least the Angels will have one of the most potent offenses in the league.

Hamilton, despite his injury concerns, will bring pure power to supplement the powers of Pujols, Trumbo, and Trout.  There is no denying his talent, but the Angels must be careful regarding his durability.  They'll have to monitor his play, the way he plays defense specifically, because the team can't afford to lose him for any extended period.  Hamilton has averaged just 129 games-played since he played his first full season in 2008.

Regardless of his health issues, Hamilton is going to put on a show in Los Angeles.  He is a career .304/.363/.549 hitter.  He has 30 or more home runs in three of his six seasons, including 43 last season.  Hamilton is a five-time All-Star and was the American League MVP in 2010.  Hamilton will be 36 when this contract expires, and depending on his health and production in Los Angeles, he may have one more big payday coming his way.

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