Hamilton opts to join division rival Angels
His $25 million average salary ties him for second-highest in MLB.
FORT WORTH — Josh Hamilton left the Texas Rangers on Thursday and agreed to a $125 million, five-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said the slugging free-agent outfielder had reached a deal with the AL West rival Angels. Two people familiar with the talks disclosed the amount and length of the contract, speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement was not yet final.
Hamilton’s $25 million average salary matches Philadelphia first baseman Ryan Howard for the second-highest in baseball, trailing only Alex Rodriguez’s $27.5 million average with the New York Yankees.
Texas had hoped to re-sign the 2010 AL Most Valuable Player, who led the Rangers to consecutive World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011.
Texas’ Sha’Dare McNeal (left) prepares to put away a shot against Michigan’s Lexi Erwin in their NCAA semifinal match Thursday night. McNeal sealed UT’s five-set victory with a shot down the middle and registered 13 kills. Texas will meet the Penn State-Oregon semifinal winner.