Report: Rangers working on trade to bring back former slugger Hamilton

  • By Jeff Wilson Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  • Friday, April 24, 2015 11:21pm
  • SportsSports

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Two sources have confirmed that the Texas Rangers are working on a trade with the Los Angeles Angels that would bring Josh Hamilton back to Arlington.

The deal isn’t complete and might not be until later this weekend. He could be introduced as soon as Monday, a source said confirming a report by

Hamilton, the 2010 American League MVP with the Rangers, is on the disabled list after having right shoulder surgery in late February. He has also fallen out of favor in Anaheim after confessing to a relapses with cocaine and alcohol earlier in February.

An independent arbitrator said earlier this month that Hamilton would not face any suspension for his slip. The Angels, though, have been nasty publicly in railing against the ruling, and owner Arte Moreno all but said that Hamilton might never play for the Angels again.

The Angels owe Hamilton $83 million through 2017 and want to recoup most of that money. It is uncertain how much of the contract the Angels would be picking up in a trade with the Rangers, but it would be significant.

The clubs discussed a trade in December at the winter meetings, but general manager Jon Daniels was quick to downplay the conversation. A source at the time said that the Rangers wouldn’t take Hamilton back if the Angels picked up all of the contract.

That tune has changed.

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