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December 13, 2012

Josh Hamilton leaving Rangers for Angels

Josh Hamilton, the 2010 American League MVP and a five-time All-Star with the Rangers, has accepted a five-year offer from division-rival Anaheim.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels confirmed that agent Mike Moye called to inform him that Hamilton has agreed with the Angels. Daniels wasn't thrilled with the fact that the Rangers did not get an opportunity to match the Angels' offer, something Hamilton said all along he would give them a chance to do.

"It was our full expectation that the phone call was going to be before he signed, and certainly not after," Daniels said. "Josh had indicated recently, last week, that he felt it might be time to move on, but we were still talking. We had had addition conversations this week that I thought had moved in a positive direction."

Daniels confirmed that the Rangers spoke with Hamilton about a deal that could have been more lucrative than the Angels' final price, believed to be $125 million, but Daniels said that the Angels' deal is for more guaranteed money.

Hamilton came to the Rangers nearly five years ago in a trade from Cincinnati, and was an instant hit. He was the AL Player of the Month in April and May, and then became a superstar overnight when he launched 28 homers in the first round of the Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium.

He finished that year with 130 RBIs, his career-high. He swatted 43 homers in 2012, but had an extended summertime swoon and also had a terrible end to the season. He was suffering from an eye condition at the same time Adrian Beltre had an intestinal issue. Beltre played on, but Hamilton missed time in the same stretch and finished by going 0-for-4 on eight pitches in the wild-card loss to Baltimore.

-- Jeff Wilson


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