UPDATE (2:42 p.m.):
The deal for Hamilton is for five-years and $125 million, according to ESPN Dallas.
Things just drastically changed in the A.L. West.
For the second year in a row, it looks like the Los Angeles Angels have landed the top slugger on the market.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports has confirmed that the Los Angeles Angels and Josh Hamilton have reached an agreement to bring the top slugger to Los Angeles.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and WFAN first reported that the Angels and Hamilton were closing in on a deal to bring him to the rival A.L. West team.
#angels moving in on hamilton. people connected to team seem very confident hamilton will be an angel.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 13, 2012
Jon-Paul Morosi of FOX Sports has indicated that it will be for a five-year deal.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 13, 2012
The dollar amount of the contract has yet to be determined or released yet.
Last winter, Hamilton's former teammate C.J. Wilson jumped ship from the Rangers to the Angels. During the same week, the Angels landed the top free agent slugger in Albert Pujols, who bolted from the St. Louis Cardinals.
During the week, there were reports of Hamilton signing with the Phillies, but those reported were refuted due to fake Twitter accounts being created to break news, and sites like the Dallas Morning News and CBS Philly were duped by them.
Hamilton joins a lineup with Pujols, 2012 A.L. MVP runner-up Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo, forming a very strong offense out in Los Angeles.
In his short time as Angels GM, Jerry Dipoto has made two bold splashes in consecutive years to bring top talent in.
I'm pretty sure manager Mike Scioscia has to be giddy about putting Hamilton, Pujols and Trout in a lineup everyday.
Stay tuned to find out how much Hamilton's deal for the five years is actually worth.