Baseballs most prized player in this off-season’s free agency, the Los Angeles Angels have acquired free agent center-fielder Josh Hamilton to a five-year, $125 million dollar contract. This comes just days after their cross-town rival, the Los Angeles Dodgers added pitchers Zack Greinke and Ryu Hyun-jin increasing their team payroll to over $200M.
Already having Albert Pujols, only a year older than Hamilton approaching the back-end of his career, Angel’s management feels their time to bet big is now which is why they went out and got the former 2010 AL MVP, Hamilton.
This move instantly bolsters their hitting lineup with the one-two punch of Pulols and Hamilton along with bona fide sluggers in Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo making this one of the scariest line-ups pitchers can look forward to. Hamilton’s had off the field issues early in his career with substance abuse as most would say Hollywood’s not a good look for the 31-year old slugger, but now with age, growth and maturity; he’s went on to change his life around leaving the temptation all behind him.
The upcoming 2013 MLB Season is already shaping up to be a good one as we’re curious what else in store for these Winter meetings.