FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Josh Hamilton has agreed to a contract with the Los Angeles Angels, according to Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels.
Texas had hoped to sign the 2010 AL Most Valuable Player, who led the Rangers to consecutive World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011.
Speaking Thursday after a Rangers' holiday luncheon, Daniels said he had just been informed of the decision by Hamilton's agent, Michael Moye.
Daniels said he was disappointed "to some degree."
"But it's business and everybody's got to make their own calls," he said.
Hamilton joins a team that spent big last offseason to add first baseman Albert Pujols for $240 million and pitcher C.J. Wilson for $77.5 million. Yet, the Angels disappointed and failed to make the playoffs.
The agreement came days after the Los Angeles Dodgers added pitchers Zack Greinke and Ryu Hyun-jin, boosting their payroll over $200 million.
Hamilton's addition to the Angels outfield means Mark Trumbo could be moved to third base or traded.
Daniels met with Hamilton last week at the winter meetings in Nashville. Daniels said then that Hamilton had told Texas he would contact the Rangers before agreeing to a deal with another team.
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