The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are reportedly in serious talks with former Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton.
Joe McDonnell of Fox Sports has the latest:
According to MLB source the Angels are in SERIOUS negotiations with Josh Hamilton. No deal has been reached as of yet.— Joe McDonnell (@joeontheradio) December 13, 2012
ESPN's Buster Olney also cites a source in saying that the Angels could be swooping in to make a move on the superstar:
Source: Angels positioning themselves for a big strike in the market. Hamilton? We'll see.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 13, 2012
Contract details are not available at this time, and it will be interesting to see what sort of deal GM Jerry Dipoto will offer the slugger.
UPDATE: Thursday, December 13 at 2:30 p.m. ET
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports gives some specifics of the five-year deal the Angels have offered Hamilton, which the two sides are in agreement on:
It appears as though this is definitely going to happen: Josh Hamilton to the Angels. Check back for more information on the details of the contract as it's finalized.
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It would definitely be a stirring proposition for Rangers fans if Hamilton were to pack up and move to the AL West rival Angels after being such a massive part of the success in Arlington in recent years.
Not only did Hamilton win the 2010 AL MVP, but he also keyed the Rangers to back-to-back World Series appearances.
He was a lightning rod for controversy, however, after Texas collapsed down the stretch of the 2012 regular season, blowing the division title to a resilient Oakland Athletics team and bowing out to the Baltimore Orioles in a wild-card playoff.
The late-season slump was enough to elicit boos from the home crowd, and it may signal the ultimate end of Hamilton's largely successful stint with the franchise.
The Angels outfield already features 21-year-old superstar Mike Trout playing center field, so one of the two will have to shift. But that would make for one of the most exciting duos in baseball and add to the star power out in California. Not to mention the massively powerful one-two punch that would be Albert Pujols and Hamilton.
Check back for the latest updates on Hamilton's situation and whether he will in fact be in an Angels uniform in 2013.