Twitter Explodes as Angels Reportedly Sign Josh Hamilton to 5-Year Deal

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Twitter Explodes as Angels Reportedly Sign Josh Hamilton to 5-Year Deal

Just when it seemed like there would be no resolution to the Josh Hamilton free agency anytime soon, the Los Angeles Angels swoop in and shock the world once again. 

According to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, Hamilton and the Angels have agreed to a five-year, $125 million contract that will lock the former MVP up through the 2017 season.

There had been rumors of serious discussions between the two sides all day Thursday, so this is not a complete surprise. Perhaps the Angels felt it necessary to make some sort of move to counteract everything the Los Angeles Dodgers have been doing since last August. 

As is always the case when big news breaks, everyone and their brother who is on Twitter had a reaction to the Angels signing Hamilton. 

Angels superstar outfielder and runner-up for the MVP award Mike Trout had a simple, one-word response to the news. 

Speaking of Trout, he factors greatly into what Jimmy Durkin of the San Jose Mercury News had to say about Hamilton's signing. 

For those fans who always accuse the sports media of an East Coast bias, Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York had this to say about the changing of the guard taking place way out west. 

If you are looking for a little drama, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram provided it by saying, despite what was originally believed to be the case, Hamilton never gave the Rangers an opportunity to match the offer. 

ESPN's resident stat guru Mark Simon provided this little tidbit about Hamilton's numbers after he hit four home runs against Baltimore that might be of interest to all of his new fans in Los Angeles. 

Mike Sielski of the Wall Street Journal provided some high-brow humor involving Hamilton and all those In-N-Out burgers he will be consuming. 

Just in case you needed a reminder about how free-spending these Angels are, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times is here to tell you about how much Hamilton will make and how much Vernon Wells is still making. 

In the world's never-ending quest to make fun of Ryan Howard's contract extension with Philadelphia, here is what Corey Seidman of Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia wrote about Hamilton's contract and how his value compares to Howard. 

Matthew Pouliot of noted that the Angels actually lost out, to some extent, on this deal more than they would have if they were able to re-sign Zack Greinke.

ESPN baseball analyst Chris Singleton clearly doesn't feel bad for the Rangers after losing Hamilton. 

Considering the Rangers were in the playoffs with Hamilton not hitting for two months, still have a loaded big league roster and arguably the best and deepest farm system in baseball, I seriously doubt they are crying right now.

And finally, Bob Nightengale of USA Today cranks up the rumor mill with his tidbit about whether the Rangers will try to get back in the Justin Upton sweepstakes, if there are even going to be any after Arizona made that three-way trade earlier this week. 

Now that Hamilton and Greinke are off the market, a lot of those second-tier players will start to come off the board. As long as the Angels don't mind paying a ton of money for a bunch of players heading into their decline phase, they will be ecstatic with this deal. 


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