Remember how great Josh Hamilton was in a Rangers uniform? That MVP season. That famous Home Run Derby. That four-homer game in Baltimore. The Game 6, extra-innings homer that should've made him a hero. There's a lot of memories in Hamilton's corner, but there's also a lot of bad.
Unfortunately for him, that's what people around here remember most now — the way he faded over the second half of the 2012 season, which was his final one in Texas, and the way he alienated Rangers fans after he bolted for his five-year, $125 million deal with the Angels.
But now, the joke is on the Angels, and reports are saying they're trying to rid themselves of Hamilton and his ridiculous contract after two below-average years since he left Texas.
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One of the teams the Angels tried to engage in trade talks with? You guessed it, the Rangers.
Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported the Angels had talks with the Rangers and the San Diego Padres, who now have former Rangers assistant GM A.J. Preller running the show, but the talks never really gained any traction.
Angels GM Jerry Dipoto insisted the Angels haven't given up on Hamilton, who is now 34, injury prone and hit just 10 homers in 89 games last season.
“We do believe in Josh,” Dipoto said. “We’ve seen it every day when he takes batting practice. We’ve seen him hit balls that humans shouldn’t hit. What he does, 99 percent of the players can’t do."
Keep telling yourself that, buddy. We know how that story ends.