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Angels Close To Trading Josh Hamilton To Rangers

Apr 24, 2015 5:53 PM

The Los Angeles Angels are close to a trade agreement with the Texas Rangers involving Josh Hamilton. 

The Angels have wanted to part ways with Hamilton since his relapse with substance abuse.

Hamilton is on the disabled list as he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery.

Arte Moreno and general manager Jerry DiPoto were displeased by Hamilton’s self-reported relapse in February and a subsequent decision by an arbitrator that Major League Baseball cannot punish Hamilton.

The Angels have preferred to trade Hamilton rather than just merely releasing him with $83 million still owed.

Hamilton was on the Rangers until he signed with the Angels in free agency.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Source: Angels Could Cut Ties With Hamilton Soon

Apr 24, 2015 11:41 AM

Josh Hamilton may never play for the Los Angeles Angels again and could be gone from the organization in a matter of days, according to a source.

Hamilton admitted in February to relapsing and abusing drugs and alcohol.

The 2010 American League MVP is on the disabled list while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, but would like to resume baseball activities soon. The Angels, however, do not seem to want Hamilton back.

Michael McCann/SI

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Ike Davis Throws Perfect Inning For A's

Apr 22, 2015 7:31 AM

Bob Melvin summoned Ike Davis to the mound in a blowout loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night and the first baseman delivered with a perfect eighth inning.

The Oakland Athletics suffered a 14-1 loss.

"We obviously didn't play a clean game," Melvin said. "We've been on the other side of blowouts this year, and it doesn't feel that great when you're on the side we were tonight. It was just a bad game all the way around. At least we got a little levity at the end there with Ike."

Davis, who had a 2.25 ERA at Arizona State, retired Collin Cowgill, C.J. Cron and Chris Iannetta on ground balls while throwing just nine pitches.

It was the first time the A's had a position player pitch since Frank Menechino on July 18, 2000, against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

"It was interesting, for sure," Davis said. "I'm just glad I threw strikes and didn't have to throw too many pitches. I miss that part of the game, and I've always wanted to get back up there and see what I could do and if I could get outs. I was a little nervous. I didn't want to walk the house and look like a clown out there."

Associated Press

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Angels Have Comeback Plan In Place For Hamilton

Apr 21, 2015 4:45 PM

The Los Angeles Angels have a comeback plan in place for Josh Hamilton that could have him in the Major Leagues in June.

Under the tentative plan, Hamilton would report to the club's Arizona training complex for two to three weeks in the extended spring program. He would then proceed to a minor league rehabilitation assignment and could rejoin the Angels thereafter.

Hamilton is expected to report to Arizona "sooner rather than later," according to a source.

The plan does not guarantee that Hamilton plays again for the Angels.

Bill Shaikin/Los Angeles Times

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Josh Hamilton Files For Divorce From Wife

Apr 19, 2015 6:21 PM

Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton is in the process of getting divorced from his wife, Katie, according to court documents filed in North Texas.

The petition doesn't detail the couple's problems, but it cites conflict between them as a reason for the divorce. Hamilton has a long history of substance abuse problems and earlier this year he self-reported a relapse.

Hamilton outlined 34 requests in the petition. Among the requests: prohibiting his wife from using a Maserati and 1972 Chevrolet Blazer in his possession; prohibiting her from "hiding" the children from him; prohibiting her from making disparaging remarks against him or his family.


Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Legal, Misc Rumor

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Mike Scioscia Meets With Josh Hamilton

Apr 18, 2015 2:09 AM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia met with Josh Hamilton this week for the first time in months, and he said he isn't sure when the star will return to the team.

Scioscia said he had dinner with Hamilton on Wednesday night when the Angels arrived in Houston for a series that began Friday night. It was the first time Scioscia had seen Hamilton since the slugger self-reported a relapse into substance abuse.

Scioscia said the former American League MVP is making progress in his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery.


Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Angels May Seek To Terminate Josh Hamilton's Contract

Apr 15, 2015 7:16 AM

Josh Hamilton's contract with the Los Angeles Angels contains language that would allow them to terminate or reduce the deal if he is physically/mentally incapacitated due to substance abuse, according to a report.

However, the Joint Drug Agreement still supersedes contractual clauses of this nature, so it remains unclear if the Angels would be able to take any form of action.

Hamilton has salaries of $23 million this season and a total of $60 million over the next two campaigns.

The Major League Baseball Players Association has already issued a statement rejecting the idea that the Angels have the ability to do so.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

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Pujols In Sole Possession Of 18th On Home Run List

Apr 13, 2015 7:32 AM

Albert Pujols hit the 522nd home run of his career on Sunday, moving him into sole possession of 18th place on the all-time home run list.

Pujols moved ahead of Ted Williams, Willie McCovey and Frank Thomas.

"Obviously, it's a great accomplishment, but it's disappointing we got swept by a great ballclub," he said. "It's an honor and a blessing to be in the same name category as those guys. But, at the same time, I've got to stay humble, and do my best to help my team win, and I wasn't able to do that today."

Next on the career list is Jimmie Foxx (534).

Earl Bloom/MLB

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C.J. Wilson Supports Josh Hamilton

Apr 12, 2015 1:41 PM

In the ongoing saga between Josh Hamilton and the Angels, one teammate has publicly come out in support of the outfielder.

Pitcher C.J. Wilson says he believes the team would show more support to Hamilton if he had been playing better.

"If Josh was hitting .300 with 35 home runs a year, what's the situation?" Wilson told the Orange County Register on Saturday. "Obviously, that's the player that they want. That's the player they paid for."


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Moreno: Not Sure If Hamilton Will Play For Angels Again

Apr 10, 2015 10:41 PM

Angels owner Arte Moreno isn't certain Josh Hamilton will play for the team again after his latest relapse into substance abuse.

Moreno also says the outfielder's contract contains language protecting the team against a relapse by Hamilton, apparently contradicting his previous statements.


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Garrett Richards Feels Ready To Go
Garrett Richards will start for Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday.


Pujols Hits HR No. 521, Moves Into Tie For 18th All-Time
Albert Pujols is tied with Ted Williams, Willie McCovey and Frank Thomas for 18th on the all-time list.

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MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots
Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

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Angels Still Open To Extension With Huston Street
The 31-year-old has been a reliable reliever and is eligible for free agency after this season.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

Angels Disagree With MLB's Decision Not To Discipline Josh Hamilton
Josh Hamilton has played poorly during the first two years of his five-year, $125 million contract with the Angels.

Ronald Blum/AP

Decision On Hamilton Likely To Come After Opening Day
Rob Manfred had been hoping for a decision before the Angels start play Monday at Seattle.

Associated Press

Angels Will Open Season With Four Pitchers
The Angels will open the season with four starting pitchers, meaning Andrew Heaney and Nick Tropeano will likely begin the year with Triple-A Salt Lake.

Mike DiGiovanna/Los Angeles Times

M's To Start King Felix In Season Opener
Felix Hernandez is 5-0 with a 1.52 ERA in previous season openers.


Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B
The Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark.

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Cory Rasmus To Miss Six To Eight Weeks
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MLB To Rule On Hamilton By Opening Day
Rob Manfred says a decision on possible discipline against Josh Hamilton should be made by Opening Day.


Manfred: Hamilton's Shoulder Reduces Urgency For Suspension
Josh Hamilton suffered a relapse in his battle with substance abuse.

Mike DiGiovanna/Los Angeles Times

Angels Will Pass On Jake Locker
Jake Locker, 26, announced his retirement from an injury-plagued career as an NFL quarterback on Tuesday.

Aiden Gonzalez/MLB

Jim Harbaugh Coaches First Base For The A's
Jim Harbaugh was in full uniform, wearing No. 4, his old number as a quarterback.


MLBPA Backs Hamilton, Calls Leaks 'Cowardly'
The MLBPA has come to the defense of Josh Hamilton, issuing a statement critical of news leaks that it calls "cowardly" and intended to hurt Hamilton "personally and professionally."

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Source: Arbitrator To Decide On Hamilton's Rehab
Josh Hamilton suffered a drug relapse involving the use of cocaine and alcohol in the offseason, according to multiple reports.


Garrett Richards Won't Pitch On Opening Day
The Angels remain hopeful Garrett Richards could be pitching in games two to three weeks into the regular season.


Josh Hamilton Suffered Drug Relapse
Josh Hamilton suffered a drug relapse involving the use of cocaine and alcohol in the offseason, according to a report by the New York Daily News.


Josh Hamilton Faces Discipline From MLB
Josh Hamilton was scheduled to meet Wednesday with MLB officials in New York about a disciplinary issue.


Trout Wants To Reduce Strikeouts, Increase Steals
Mike Trout is hoping to reduce his strikeouts, run more and avoid another playoff exit.

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