Hamil­ton opts to join di­vi­sion ri­val An­gels

His $25 mil­lion av­er­age salary ties him for sec­ond-high­est in MLB.

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - By Stephen Hawkins Hamil­ton Josh Hamil­ton will make more guar­an­teed money play­ing for Los An­ge­les than Texas. C

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.

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