On Monday, the rumors that were swirling all weekend became official: Josh Hamilton is back in Texas.
The Angels and Rangers completed the trade, with Hamilton coming to the Rangers, officially for cash considerations or a player to be named later, but really for just about nothing. Reportedly the cash considerations could be a little as one dollar, or a very low-level minor-league player could be named later.
Not only that, but the Angels will kick in about $68 million in the deal, leaving Texas on the hook for only about $7 million over the remaining three years of Hamilton's contract. Also, if he decides to exercise his opt-out clause at the end of the season, the Angels would be responsible for his entire buyout.
Hamilton met with the media Monday afternoon in Arlington, and said if he had a second chance, he never would have left.
"If I could change the past, I would," he said. "But I can't. I can only learn from it. I probably wouldn't have gone anywhere. I would have stayed here."
Hamilton was asked about what he expects as a reaction from the fans when he returns to the lineup.
"I have no clue how the fans are going to react to me, but it's got to be better than the first game I played here, with the Angels," he said with a laugh. "So, anything from there, up, we're good to go."