Other Dominoes to Fall After Josh Hamilton's Huge Deal with the LA Angels

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Other Dominoes to Fall After Josh Hamilton's Huge Deal with the LA Angels
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Could the Angels now pursue R.A. Dickey?

Josh Hamilton surprised the MLB world by signing a five-year, $125 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday (Dec. 13). 

By coming out of seemingly nowhere to nab the top hitter available on the free-agent market, the Angels dealt a major blow to the Texas Rangers, an AL West division rival. But the ripple effects from this signing are being felt throughout the sport. 

Hamilton joining the Angels could end up affecting several teams over the days and weeks to come. Obviously, the Rangers have to replace Hamilton. Other clubs that were pursuing him now have to go with their backup plans.

The Angels also now have a surplus of outfielders that could lead to a trade, one that might yield the starting pitcher that the Angels still need. 

Here are several dominoes that could fall, given a push by Hamilton's surprise decision. The possibilities are extremely intriguing and should keep baseball's hot stove burning for quite a while. 

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