A year after the Los Angeles Angels seemingly came out of nowhere and swooped up Albert Pujols, they have done it again. Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports reported that the Angels have signed Josh Hamilton to a five-year, $125 million contract.
This massive deal raises the expectations for the Los Angeles Angels even higher. The team missed out on the postseason last year after all of its spending, and after this move, it should be considered the favorites to win the American League West, and possibly the World Series as well.
Hamilton's tenure in Los Angeles will certainly have some ups and downs, but the Angels are expecting big things out of him. This signing will have a massive impact on the franchise moving forward.
The Los Angeles Angels lineup will be stacked next season and could put up some incredible run totals. In addition to Josh Hamilton, the Angels will have Albert Pujols, Mike Trout, Mark Trumbo and Kendrys Morales.
Hamilton will certainly have a number of RBI opportunities with all of the other outstanding players surrounding him in the lineup.
Hamilton has a career high of 130 RBI, and he had 128 RBI last season. It is possible that he surpasses these totals and has a 150-RBI season.
The last player to cross that mark was Alex Rodriguez in 2007, when he drove in 156 runs.
Since joining the Texas Rangers prior to the 2008 season, Josh Hamilton has reached the All-Star Game every season.
The five-time All-Star should continue to produce at a level that continues to get him votes to the All-Star Game. MLB fans want to see the best and most popular players at the event, so Hamilton should have no problem getting votes.
Even a few years down the road at age 36, Hamilton should be producing at a high enough level to be selected to the All-Star Game. As long as Hamilton stays healthy, there is a high probability that he reaches the All-Star Game in every season that he is a member of the Angels.
During his time with the Texas Rangers, Josh Hamilton proved that he was one of the elite players in the MLB. He won an MVP award in 2010 after posting a .359/.411/.633 triple slash line to go along with 32 home runs and 100 RBI.
Hamilton is a special talent, and he could certainly pick up at least one MVP award during his time with the Los Angeles Angels. Hamilton will have a lot of competition from around the league and from his own teammates (Mike Trout and Albert Pujols), but the slugger should be able to prove that he is deserving of the award.
If Hamilton does have a 150-RBI season, then it would seem almost certain that he would win the MVP award that year.
While individual accomplishments are nice, the Los Angeles Angels brought in Josh Hamilton for one reason: to win a World Series title.
The Los Angeles Angels now have an incredible trio in the middle of their lineup, and they will be a team to be reckoned with over the next five years. Opposing pitchers will have a very tough time shutting the Angels lineup down.
Los Angeles may still need to figure a few things out in regards to its starting rotation, but it still has one of the best teams on paper in baseball.
After adding Hamilton to their current crew, the Angels should be looking at winning multiple World Series titles over the life of the five-year deal.
One hundred and twenty-five million dollars is a lot of money to pay a baseball player over five season, and some people may wonder if Josh Hamilton will be able to live up to his big contract.
Not only should Hamilton live up to this deal during his time with the Los Angeles Angels, but he should also provide the team with some surplus value.
According to FanGraphs, Hamilton was worth 16.9 WAR and $23.83 million dollars a year over the past three seasons.
With a better protection in the Angels and more consistency in terms of playing time, Hamilton can be worth at least $25 million a year.
Additionally, Hamilton will also provide some value to the Angels in the form of increased ticket sales, as people want to see him play.