Texas Rangers Close To Acquire Josh Hamilton Via Trade With Los Angeles Angels

The Texas Rangers are close to a reunion with outfielder Josh Hamilton, per several reports.

The Los Angeles Angels no longer want the troubled outfielder and even though neither team has confirmed a deal, it should be completed anytime soon. There's no clarity on the possible return that the Angels would receive back from Texas but the Rangers have one of the deepest farm systems in all of baseball.

The Angels stated publicly that they were looking to move past Hamilton and they even said that it was "a pity" that the 33-year-old didn't receive a punishment for a substance abuse problem he had in the offseason. His problems - along with poor play no both sides of the ball - made Hamilton to fall out of favor with the Angels' front office and since he hasn't been with the team since February as he's rehabbing his right shoulder, it seemed the perfect time to part ways with the former 

In Texas, Hamilton would be reunited with a franchise that knew how to get the best of him. Hamilton enjoyed his best pro years as a member of the Rangers where he won the a battling title and the AL MVP in 2010. Hamilton spent five years with the Rangers - making the All-Star team in each of those five campaigns - before signing with the Angels prior to the 2013 season. 

The 33-year-old outfielder is owed $83 million through the 2017 season. He owns a career slash line of .292/.352/.519 but he's coming off a bad year with the Angels, hitting only .263/.361/.414 with 10 HRs and 44 RBI.