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Josh Hamilton joins Los Angeles Angels | Baseball
Feeling "a little upset" the Texas Rangers didn't move quickly enough to re-sign him, slugging outfielder Josh Hamilton donned a Los Angeles Angels jersey. He finalized a $125 million, five-year contract with the Angels.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Feeling "a little upset" the Texas Rangers didn't move quickly enough to re-sign him, slugging outfielder Josh Hamilton donned a Los Angeles Angels jersey Saturday after finalizing a $125 million, five-year contract he called a new chapter in his life.
"I started off with the Devil Rays and now I'm an Angel," said the five-time All-Star drafted by Tampa Bay before making his major-league debut with Cincinnati in 2007.
Hamilton, the 2010 American League most valuable player, joins a batting order that already includes Albert Pujols and Mike Trout, the AL rookie of the year. The 31-year-old Hamilton hit a career-high 43 home runs, batted .285 and drove in 128 runs in 148 games last season.
"To get a guy like Josh and combine him with Albert is going to give us building blocks for what we hope is years to come," manager Mike Scioscia said. "We can't wait."
Angels owner Arte Moreno said, "It was a great investment."
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels had hoped to re-sign Hamilton, who led Texas to consecutive World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011.
Daniels said he was disappointed the Rangers never got a chance to match any offer during the process, as they had expected, or be contacted before Hamilton agreed with another team.
"I gave them everything I had for five years," Hamilton said. "I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little upset they didn't put the press on."
The slugger was considered a risk by some teams because of his history of alcohol and substance abuse. Shayne Kelley, who worked in a support role for Hamilton in Texas, will be a daily presence with the Angels.
• A small Texas startup has sued Hamilton over a "Play Hard, Pray Harder" clothing line sold by the maker of Christian-inspired products, whose founder said is no longer in business with the family of Hamilton.
The federal lawsuit accuses North Carolina-based ScriptureArt — which features Hamilton modeling a "Play Hard, Pray Harder" T-shirt on its website — of marketing a slogan already claimed by Dallas-based Play Hard Pray Harder LLC. Corporate filings show the Texas company formed in January.
• The Philadelphia Phillies added a setup man and starter, agreeing to a $12 million, two-year contract with right-handed reliever Mike Adams, 34, and a one-year deal with lefty John Lannan, 28, for a reported $2.5 million. Sources said the deals were pending physicals.
Adams was 5-3 with a 3.27 earned-run average last season for Texas. Lannan, 4-1 with a 4.13 ERA for Washington this year, is expected to replace Vance Worley, who was traded to Minnesota, in the rotation.