Josh Hamilton LF/DH LAA 1 day ago1 Comment

The Angels agreed to a deal that will send Hamilton to the Rangers, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports.

Hamilton will head to Texas with the Angels expected to pay most of his salary. The outfielder has had problems staying healthy, and hasn't been productive when he is. He's currently on the shelf with a shoulder issue, but could return at some point in May or June.

Josh Hamilton LF/DH LAA 1 day ago

The Angels are reportedly working on a deal that would send Josh Hamilton (shoulder) to the Rangers, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

The Angels would not confirm that any such deal was in the works, but it could make sense, as the team has not confirmed that the 33-year-old, whose career took an unexpected turn when he admitted to using drugs of abuse in March, would play another game in an Angels' uniform. The move back to Texas could be a good fit for Hamilton, as he saw the best years of his career as a member of the Rangers, including winning the AL MVP in 2010, when he tallied a 1.044 OPS with 32 homers and 100 RBI. The Angels will likely have to pay a significant portion of the $90 million he is owed in the last three years of the deal he signed in December of 2012 for an agreement to take place. He continues to rehab his shoulder, and could be ready to take the field early in June.

Josh Hamilton LF/DH LAA 1 day ago

Hamilton (shoulder) and the Angels have likely crossed a point of no return in their relationship, according to SI's Michael McCann.

The Angels are displeased with Hamilton's self-reported offseason relapse, and it has long been rumored that the team will seek to nullify his contract. While such an effort would likely be unsuccessful, the team has been shockingly forward about its desire to move on from the 33-year-old outfielder. If the Angels can't void the contract, they'll likely try to figure out a trade or buy-out, as it increasingly seems the two parties have little desire to work together. Hamilton hasn't actually said much on the matter, but it's safe to assume that he isn't pleased with the comments coming from team brass. If health were the only issue, Hamilton might be able to join the Angels as soon as early June.

Josh Hamilton LF/DH LAA 5 days ago

The Angels have mapped out a comeback plan for Hamilton (shoulder), who could rejoin the team as soon as early June, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Hamilton is expected to spend two or three weeks at the Angels' spring training complex in Arizona, and he'll then begin a minor league rehab assignment. There are still some serious questions about his fractured relationship with the Angels organization, as it's unclear whether owner Arte Moreno will try to have Hamilton's contract voided. It's also quite possible that the team will explore a trade, but there does seem to be a decent chance that Hamilton actually plays for the Angels this season.

Josh Hamilton LF/DH LAA 6 days ago

Hamilton (shoulder) is in good shape mentally and physically and could return to the Angels relatively soon if the club allows it, Yahoo! Sports reports.

Hamilton escaped discipline by the league, but it's yet to be determined whether the team will impose any punishment on him. If not, it's possible he will return to the club in short order, but an update should come when that date draws near.

Josh Hamilton LF/DH LAA 2 weeks ago

Owner Arte Moreno would not say that Hamilton, who will not be punished by the league after admitting to using drugs of abuse, would play another game for the Angels, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Moreno went on to say that "we have a contract with Hamilton and that contract has specific language, that he signed and that was approved, that said he could not drink or use drug. Before adding that the team could look to pursue that clause in the contract. The MLBPA refutes the assertion that such language exists, as it would "supersede the provisions of the Joint Drug Agreement and/or the Basic Agreement." Hamilton is currently rehabbing his shoulder in Houston, but it looks as though things may get worse before they get better, casting serious doubt as to when the 33-year-old will be back on the field this season.

Josh Hamilton LF/DH LAA 3 weeks ago

The Angels officially placed Hamilton (shoulder) on the 15-day DL on Saturday.

The move was made retroactive to March 27th. It's perhaps noteworthy that he club used the 15-day DL rather than the 60-day DL, though there's still no specific projected return date for Hamilton.

Josh Hamilton LF/DH LAA 3 weeks ago1 Comment

Hamilton (shoulder) will not be suspended after an arbitrator decided he did not violate his treatment program, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports.

Hamilton was facing some sort of suspension for his drug relapse during the offseason, but MLB and the Players Association were "deadlocked on that issue," and an arbitrator ultimately ruled that Hamilton would not be punished. While Hamilton will not miss any time due to suspension, he continues to deal with a shoulder injury, and it is uncertain when he will be ready for his regular season debut.

Josh Hamilton LF/DH LAA 3 weeks ago

A decision regarding Hamilton's (shoulder) punishment for taking drugs of abuse could be passed down as early as Friday, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.

If an independent arbitrator decides Hamilton violated his treatment program, commissioner Rob Manfred will likely hand down a suspension. There is no word on the length of the penalty he would receive, but given that Hamilton is on record as having failed six previous drug tests, he could be looking at a year-long ban. Hamilton is slated to start the season on the disabled list while rehabbing his shoulder, which would count as time served towards the suspension.

Josh Hamilton LF/DH LAA 4 weeks ago

Hamilton (shoulder) has been hitting off a tee but still hasn't progressed to any other significant baseball activities, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.

At the very least, Hamilton's shoulder will likely keep him out through all of April. He's also facing a possible suspension for using drugs of abuse, with a final decision expected to come before Opening Day. While everything seemingly points in the direction of a suspension, the length of Hamilton's absence remains very unclear. A report from late February said he'll likely serve a suspension of at least 25 games, but it's also possible that Hamilton's proactive approach will cause MLB to treat him as a first-time offender, in which case the ban might only last 15-to-25 games. It's probably best to plan as if Hamilton won't be playing in games before late May or June.