Prepare to go into total fanbase meltdown mode in a bit as multiple reports have surfaced that the Los Angeles Angels are on the verge of a deal that would put Josh Hamilton in a Halos uniform.
The fun began with this tweet not too long ago.
According to MLB source the Angels are in SERIOUS negotiations with Josh Hamilton. No deal has been reached as of yet.
— Joe McDonnell (@joeontheradio) December 13, 2012
The good news, I suppose, is that the loss of Hamilton would weaken a 93-win Texas Rangers squad.
The bad news is what it would mean for an 89-win Angels team. Remember, the Mariners likely have to overtake at least one of those teams at some point to have a hope at even a second wild-card spot.
As usual, don’t worry about the money. The Angels would be paying for this on the strength of that $3-billion regional sports network deal that enabled them to pick up Albert Pujols last year.
In effect, the Angels would be swapping out the services of a 37-year-old Torii Hunter — now with Detroit — for the 32-year-old Hamilton. They would also be freeing up numerous potential trade pieces, outfielders Mark Trumbo and Peter Borjous among them.
Remember, Hamilton’s camp has told the Rangers they will have a shot at matching any offer thrown the slugger’s way.
As for the Mariners, they have been interested in Hamilton for some time now, but we’ll have to see just how high the Angels are willing to go in order to make a deal actually happen.
That would still leave the Mariners with other free agent options: including the big bat of Nick Swisher, or the longer-term center fielder in Michael Bourn.
But the biggest bat option looks indeed like it will be playing multiple series at Safeco Field this coming season…in another team’s uniform. And not the team everybody was expecting.