The Angels have signed Josh Hamilton to a five-year deal, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says Hamilton signed a five-year, $125 million contract.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Dec. 13, 3:55 pm: In regards to the R.A. Dickey Waiting Game Saga, this is the other shoe Sandy Alderson has been waiting to see drop…
I actually think this increases the chance the Mets offer Dickey an extension and look to keep him. I believe Texas was Sandy Alderson’s best chance at getting a team to overpay for Dickey, but only in the event they ended up with Hamilton and younger outfielders to trade. This is less likely now. Of course, the Rangers could still go out and get Nick Swisher, Michael Bourne or trade for Justin Upton, but I’m not sure Alderson wants to wait for Texas again. He, too, has to move to fix his outfield situation and I get the feeling he’s looking to end all of this sooner than later…
Dec. 13, 3:10 pm: As for the Angels, in late November I said they were one of three teams interested in Dickey, though reports suggest they haven’t been in contact with the Mets in some time. Actually, in early November, I wondered if Peter Bourjos could be involved (not the center piece) in a swap for R.A. However, in the last month, more than one person has told me Bourjos is not available, but I find that hard to believe, especially since their outfield is so full. Maybe he wasn’t available earlier in the winter because the Angels had him earmarked for a specific deal?
Similarly, there has been talk lately that Mark Trumbo could be moved (in the event Hamilton was signed), since it seems only natural that they’d look to shop one of these two outfielders for pitching.
I’m not totally sold on Bourjos, but if the Mets can get Trumbo they should do it, though ESPN reports that is unlikely and Newsday says the same thing. But, by adding to the deal, I wonder if there is a way for the Mets to get both?
Michael Baron, Contributor
Trumbo could qualify as the “difference maker” Alderson said he is seeking in a deal for Dickey. He doesn’t get on-base much, he strikes out a ton, and he’s only a fair outfielder, but he has tremendous power. He would also give the Mets versatility in that he can also play first base on occasion, especially against a tough left-handed pitcher.
As for Bourjos, he has some upside. He doesn’t hit for much power and, like Trumbo, doesn’t get on base very much. But he is an outstanding defensive player and would give a much needed element of speed. However, at this point, Bourjos is fourth outfielder until he proves otherwise..