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Hamilton Leaving Rangers for Angels

Multiple media reports say slugger Josh Hamilton has agreed to sign a five-year, $125-million deal to become a Los Angeles Angel.

Rangers GM Jon Daniels told the Associated Press Thursday he had been informed of the agreement by Hamilton's agent.

Hamilton batted .285 with 43 home runs and 128 runs batted in for the Rangers in 2012, but an unbelievable first two months of the season turned in to an extended slump for most of the summer.

Hamilton missed time with a variety of ailments, including missing several games due to dry eyes he attributed to drinking too many energy drinks.

He also had a crucial error in the Rangers' 12-5 loss to Oakland on the season's final day that cost the team the AL West title.

At one point soon after the season, Rangers President Nolan Ryan was reported to have no interest at all in re-signing Hamilton, but since then the team had gotten in on discussions, hoping to retain the outfielder.

Hamilton joins a potentially-deadly lineup in Anaheim that also features three-time MVP Albert Pujols, 2012 MVP runner-up Mike Trout and young star Mark Trumbo, not to mention a pitching staff that features ex-Ranger C.J. Wilson, who will be reunited with Hamilton.

 

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