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Hamilton joins Angels

14 December 2012 04:29

Former American League MVP Josh Hamilton has signed a massive five -year deal with the Los Angeles Angels.

The 31-year-old free agent, who recently ended a five-year career with the Texas Rangers, put pen to paper on the $125 million deal on Thursday.

The deal, pending a physical, will see him move to Southern California in what will be his third team in his MLB career.

The Angels persuaded the free agent to leave the Texas Rangers with their third big-money off-season signing in as many years.

Hamilton heads to Anaheim after Albert Pujols came West for $240 million last December along with pitcher C.J. Wilson – Hamilton's Texas team-mate - for $77.5 million.

Last season saw Hamilton combine for 103 home runs and 316 RBIs and his team-mates were quick to express their delight on social media, with Wilson saying "It's a great day to be an Angel/Angel fan!"

The news was more sombre for the Rangers' management, with general manager Jon Daniels admitting he was disappointed to 'to some degree' especially after the Rangers were not given the chance to match the Angels' offer at any stage of the negotiation process.

"I never expected that he was going to tell us to the dollar what they had, and a chance to offer it. Our full expectation, the phone call was going to be before he signed, and certainly not after," Daniels said.

"Everybody's got to make their own calls.

"He's a tremendous talent and I think that they've shown they're going to be in on a lot of the best players out there. No sugar-coating it, we wanted the player back. And he signed with the Angels. They’re better," Daniels said.

The deal will see the Rangers receive draft-pick compensation with an extra selection immediately following the first round of June's amateur draft.

Meanwhile, the deal cost the Angels a first-round selection in the draft.

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