Josh Hamilton: 'I'm back home'
During a news conference, officially announcing his trade, the new Rangers OF said: " I had a lot of good memories here. ... I'm going to give everything I've got." Said GM Jon Daniels: "At the end of the day this is a pretty easy decision for us" and Hamilton is "a player we feel can be productive and help us win games."
Josh Hamilton 'not completely done'
ESPN's Jerry Crasnick on SportsCenter: "The fact that [the Angels] would give him away and wind up paying most of his salary, really goes to show how frayed that relationship was at the end of his tenure there."
Angels-Hamilton -- An 'odd' relationship
ESPN's Jayson Stark on SportsCenter: "It's odd and it's uncomfortable. ... It's been odd from Day 1. The most important thing here is to step back from baseball and say let's hope that this is an opportunity for Josh Hamilton to rebuild his life."
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Hoping Hamilton story ends well
Scott Van Pelt on SVP & Russillo: "Very little financial risk for Texas. The Angels just wanted out from underneath [the contract]. ... I hope that this story ends well and I just don't know how it does." Listen: Van Pelt's take
Cashman: 'No expectations' for A-Rod
Yankees GM Brian Cashman told ESPN New York 98.7 FM today: "You've never been in a situation like this before at this age, with a year off, with the controversies. What to expect would be the unexpected."
Yanks GM: Fans will cheer A-Rod's 660
Brian Cashman on ESPN New York 98.7 FM: "I'm sure ... he's going to be cheered just like he gets cheered at home for every home run he hits and hopefully it'll be an impactful one that we can make count and hold up in the win column."
Angels, Hamilton get their wish
Josh Hamilton wanted out of Los Angeles and the Angels wanted him gone. Said Angels GM Jerry Dipoto: "Over the course of the last few weeks, it became clear that Josh wanted to return to Texas. After several discussions with the Rangers, we were able to complete a trade that in the end is the right decision for everyone involved."
Low risk for Texas in Hamilton trade
The Rangers did not give up any prospects or other players in the Josh Hamilton trade. Texas will pay less than $7M of the $80M left on the 3 years remaining on Hamilton's contract. Hamilton, however, will forfeit $6M to offset the move to Texas, where there is no state income tax.
Hamilton back with Texas
Josh Hamilton is returning to the Rangers. The Angels officially announced the long-speculated trade that will send the OF to Texas for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Should the NL add the DH?
Yes, said ESPN's Tim Kurkjian on SportsCenter: "It's time for the DH to go into the National League, and not because two pitchers got hurt. It's ridiculous that we have a different set of of rules for each league."
Dodgers options behind Puig
With Yasiel Puig hitting the DL, the Dodgers will need to find a replacement for the third-year outfielder. Two possibilities: Alex Guerrero and Andre Ethier.
Wagner card sells for $1.32 million
A copy of the famed T206 Honus Wagner card sold for $1.32M at auction, Robert Edward Auctions said Monday. Forty-two bids were placed, but the names of the bidder and seller were not announced.
Yasiel Puig replacements
Alex Guerrero has 5 HRs in just 22 at-bats, and ESPN's Eric Karabell expects those at-bats to rise with Yasiel Puig on the DL. Better yet, only 35% of ESPN Fantasy leagues own Guerrero.
OTD: Nolan Ryan becomes strikeout king
On April 27, 1983, Nolan Ryan passed Walter Johnson on the all-time strikeout list with 3,509 strikeouts -- and Ryan was still 10 years from retirement. He would end his career with 5,714 K's, still good for most in MLB history.