To the shock of everyone, the Rangers reportedly re-acquired Josh Hamilton from the Los Angeles Angels.
After a disaster of an offseason for Josh Hamilton and the Los Angeles Angels, the outfielder is finally headed back home to the Texas Rangers.
When Josh Hamilton signed a five-year $125 million contract with the Angels, he was coming off a fantastic run with the Texas Rangers that saw Hamilton go to five All-Star games, two World Series and an MVP award for his fantastic season in 2010.
He was never able to replicate the same success with the Angels and he struggled at the plate consistently. After the first couple of seasons in Los Angeles, it was apparent that he wasn’t playing up to the enormous contract that he was given.
In his two seasons with the Angels, Hamilton only hit 31 home runs and drove in just 123 rbis. That would have been great for one season with a $125 million contract, but combined over two, it doesn’t look so good.
Then before the 2015 season, Hamilton relapsed once again with cocaine and alcohol and left the team. The Angels removed almost any semblance of Hamilton from the stadium and any promotions and suddenly it was like Josh Hamilton as a member of the Angels never even existed.
When the Angels were in Houston last week to take on the Astros, manager Mike Scioscia met with Hamilton. Scioscia said that the meeting went well, but he was not sure at all whether or not Hamilton was getting the help that he needed.
Now, just when it looked like no one would trade for Hamilton and the Angels were stuck with him, he is on his way back to the Texas Rangers.
While Hamilton returning to the Rangers might seem like a good deal to some, here are five reasons the Texas Rangers have absolutely lost their minds for trading for their former slugger.
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