The Los Angeles Dodgers expressed interest in signing Anthony Rendon, but he instead joined the Los Angeles Angels.
The Angels play 30 miles south in Anaheim, outside of Los Angeles County.
Rendon spoke highly of the Dodgers, but said that "the Hollywood lifestyle" of L.A. "didn't seem like it would be a fit for us as a family."
Rendon, who was born and raised in Houston, was asked about his general hesitancy toward the state of California at the onset of the offseason, and he joked about the high tax rate.
"I just think environment itself," Rendon added. "I think when people think about California, they think about straight Hollywood, that Hollywood glamour, whole bunch of flashes, so much paparazzi. But everyone said it's just the complete opposite here."
Rendon agreed to a seven-year, $245 million deal with the Angels.