The Josh Hamilton trade the Rangers executed back in April has, in some ways, been more than we expected, and in others, exactly what we saw coming.
When Hamilton has been on the field, he's actually been halfway decent — a far cry from what he showed in his two seasons with the Angels that were horribly disappointing after putting together an MVP season with the Rangers in 2011 and an MVP-caliber year in 2012 before departing via free agency.
When the Angels left Hamilton out to dry after another injury and subsequent surgery along with a self-reported relapse with drugs and alcohol, they sent him to Texas for basically eight cents on the dollar in a no-risk, high-reward move for the Rangers.
In his return from the disabled list on Wednesday night, Hamilton had a pinch-hit single in a great at-bat to help the Rangers eventually win the game, and the series, in extra innings. It's likely the capacity he'll be in for the remainder of the season as his sore right knee is still bothering him too much to put him in the field or even count on him for multiple at-bats and to run the bases as a designated hitter.
But with one swing of the bat, Hamilton can still turn a game, and he might have a chance to do that this weekend in Anaheim to the team that let him go for basically nothing.