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.
Josh Hamilton deal is worth $125 million over 5 years, source confirms ESPN Dallas report.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 13, 2012
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.
Wow— Mike Trout (@Trouty20) December 13, 2012
Speaking of Trout, he factors greatly into what Jimmy Durkin of the San Jose Mercury News had to say about Hamilton's signing.
Two years ago, Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols were the best players in baseball. Now, neither are the best on their team. #Angels— Jimmy Durkin (@Jimmy_Durkin) December 13, 2012
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.
Hamilton to the Angels. LA is the epicenter of MLB.— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) December 13, 2012
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.
Jon Daniels says #Rangers did not get call to match Angels' offer. Daniels is not pleased with how negotiations ended.— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) December 13, 2012
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.
Josh Hamilton hit .257/.329/.515 with 29 HR and 141 K in 456 AB following his 4-HR game last season— Mark Simon (@msimonespn) December 13, 2012
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.
June 7, 2013: LOS ANGELES (A.P.) -- #Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton will miss tonight's game after eating his first In-N-Out Burger...
— Mike Sielski (@MikeSielskiWSJ) December 13, 2012
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.
#Angels have the first $25 million per year outfielder in MLB history -- and a fourth outfielder who will make $21 million next year.— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) December 13, 2012
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.
Josh Hamilton: 5 yrs, $125 million, worth 16.9 WAR last three years. Ryan Howard: 5 yrs, $125 million, worth 2.1 WAR last three years. #LOL— Corey Seidman (@CoreySeidman) December 13, 2012
Matthew Pouliot of NBCSports.com 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.
Losing Greinke and signing Hamilton could be a win, but worth noting: Angels give 1st-round pick to Tex, don't get one for losing Greinke.— Matthew Pouliot (@matthewpouliot) December 13, 2012
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.