Angels Again Shake Up Free-Agent Market With Hamilton Deal
The Angels have "shocked the hot stove market for a second straight year" by agreeing to a reported five-year, $125M deal for CF Josh Hamilton. The move "marks another surprising catch" for Angels Owner Arte Moreno following last offseason's Albert Pujols acquisition. Landing Hamilton is "a coup – albeit a budget-strapping one" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 12/13). The signing "seems to have come from nowhere by the Angels, who have said for weeks they weren't looking to spend big" (CBSSPORTS.com, 12/13).
This comes after the Angels' crosstown NL rivals, the Dodgers, have made several high-profile player signings since the team was sold to Guggenheim Baseball Management in the spring (THE DAILY).