(CBS Seattle) – Mariners fans’ dreams of seeing superstar Josh Hamilton jog out to the outfield at Safeco Field in the top of the first inning looks to remain a fantasy.
Yahoo’s Tim Brown is reporting the slugger has inked a deal with American League West rivals, The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
ESPNDallas.com reports the contract is for five years and $125MM. The offer was likely more than what Hamilton’s previous team, The Texas Rangers, offered after Hamilton’s representation had stated he would stick with the Rangers before any other team if the contract was what he desired.
Several sources revealed Seattle was very active in free agent discussions during this year’s winter meetings, including the Hamilton sweepstakes. Around the time Seattle signed free agent outfielder Jason Bay, there were reports the team was in the bidding for Hamilton and New York Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher.
Should Hamilton finalize the deal with the Angels, he would join a lineup that already houses superstar Albert Pujols and Rookie of the Year Mike Trout. An addition of Hamilton could also put a handful of Angels players on the trading block.
-Chris Coyle, CBS Seattle
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