There has been a lot of talk in recent days on the Interwebs about the possibility of the Texas Rangers reacquiring Josh Hamilton from the Los Angeles Angels with the thought being the Angels certainly don't want him anymore and the Rangers might be the only team willing to take the risk on him anymore following his latest drug and alcohol relapse.
But according to the LA Times, a source has said the Angels have detailed a plan for Hamilton to return to the team, which is struggling every bit as much as the Rangers offensively a couple of weeks into the season. Hamilton, of course, is living with a friend in Houston after filing for divorce from his wife, Katie, in Tarrant County and is rehabbing from winter shoulder surgery.
The source said the team is expecting Hamilton to report to the team's extended spring training in Arizona "sooner rather than later" for two to three weeks before heading off to a minor-league rehab assignment with hopes of rejoining the Angels after that.
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The Angels relationship with Hamilton since his relapse, and really even before it, has been somewhat contentious, and the team's owner, Arte Moreno, even went as far as to not guarantee Hamilton a spot on the team after his return from shoulder surgery.
Some of Hamilton's teammates, notably another former Ranger, C.J. Wilson, have come out in support of Hamilton and several of them met with Hamilton in Houston on the club's off-day last week.
There is still a lot that makes sense about a Rangers-Hamilton reunion, especially if the Angels ate most of the $83 million they still owe Hamilton over the final three years of his albatross of a contract. But at least to this source, it seems the Angels do indeed want him back.