Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton finally appears to be on his way out the door after experiencing two disappointing seasons in Anaheim.
The Texas Rangers are discussing a trade with the Angels to bring him back after letting him walk in free agency following the 2012 season.
After a season where hit 43 home runs with 128 runs batted in, Hamilton signed a five-year contract worth $125 million with the Angels.
Hamilton only hit 31 home runs in two seasons with the Angels, and he hit 0-for-13 in the 2014 ALDS as the Angels were swept by the Kansas City Royals.
The Angels still owe Hamilton $83 million, but the no-trade clause protects against Hamilton having a relapse. Hamilton had one involving cocaine and alcohol as he is recovering from shoulder surgery.
Although the Angels will have to eat the majority of Hamilton’s contract, getting rid of him will help them get rid of dead weight and a potential distraction that has stemmed from his off-field troubles.
The Rangers will reportedly pay $15 million of Hamilton’s contract over the next three years.