In a truly stunning move, the Angels have agreed with Josh Hamilton on a 5-year deal worth $125 million.
After failing to sign Zack Greinke, the Angels allocated their money for Hamilton, the premier slugger on the market, who hit 43 homers for the Rangers last season and led baseball in isolated power (.292). He is likely slotted to replace Torii Hunter in right field.
The move also gives the Angels a surplus of outfielders. With Mike Trout and Hamilton as obvious starters, the Angels also have Peter Bourjos, Mark Trumbo, and Vernon Wells on the roster. One would assume the Angels will try to aggressively shop Bourjos and Trumbo, two young promising players that are cheap and have years of team control left, for another solid starting pitcher. R.A. Dickey is an obvious candidate. Either way, expect plenty of rumors in the coming days.
We’ll have much more analysis as further details emerge and after we can all take a deep breath. In short, the Angels now have what may be the most potent offense in baseball, with a terrific blend of speed and power. Assuming the Angels do trade for another starter, they figure to contend for the AL pennant in 2013.