Hamilton leaving Rangers for AL West rival

Hamilton leaving Rangers for AL West rival
December 13, 2012, 3:45 pm
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Marquee free agent slugger/outfielder Josh Hamilton is leaving the Texas Rangers to go to their American League West rivals, the Los Angeles Angels, according to multiple media reports. The deal is reportedly worth $125 million over five years.

Texas was hoping to re-sign the 31-year-old Hamilton, who was the 2010 AL Most Valuable Player and helped the Rangers make it to the World Series in 2010 and '11. In 2012, he hit .285 with a career-high 43 homers and 128 RBI in 2012 and finished fifth in AL MVP voting.

Since reaching the majors with Cincinnati in 2007, Hamilton has batted .304 including 161 home runs and 553 RBI. He's one of the premiere power hitters in baseball when he can stay healthy, but he has averaged only 129 games played per season in his five years with Texas.

This is the second straight year the Angels have made a big splash in free agency. Last December they landed Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson.

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