NBC- MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reports that the Rangers are “close” to trading for Hamilton. If it is completed, the deal will likely be announced on Monday.
Please tell me why else the Texas Rangers would be wiling to trade for player that they already had on their team that just suffered from a career threatening semi-relapse? Is it possible that the Texas Rangers are just far better at adapting to circumstances and creating a much more comfortable environment for Josh Hamilton. They certainly wouldn't trade for someone with a checkered past unless they thought they could help him achieve a spotless future, right?
The way I look at it is that Josh Hamilton is basically a puppy. He needs to be catered to. He needs attention. He can't be left to decide between right and wrong. He needs a disciplinarian to decide that for him. Leave him up to his own devices, and he might do an ungodly amount of blow or chew up your shoes. He needs someone else to have control of the remote, so to speak. In that case, The Angels are just the naive dog owner that enjoyed the idea of having a pet far more than the maintenance they require. The Angels don't understand why they couldn't just pay for the dog, let it eat and expect it to be obedient on it's own. Why walk the dog on a regular basis when you could just open the door and let it wonder around Los Angeles? What could go wrong? The Angels are the dog owners that need the shit steamed out of their rug every week. Did Hamilton relapse or was he just in the Angels kitchen eating chocolate bars out of the trash? Goddamn it Los Angeles, will you train your pooch? He's humping everything with or without a pulse!
Now, is it debatable that a grown ass man should need an a watchful eye on him at all times to avoid him threatening his egregiously large contract, and more importantly, his life? Sure. However, the Angels knew what they signed up for. They knew they were getting a dog that was a little rough around the edges. His past was well documented at the pet store. They knew he might jump up on the furniture or pour a 5th of vodka into his water bowl. They just didn't hold up their end of the bargain. Hopefully, Hamilton can go back to the Rangers and that old dog can relearn some tricks he so valiantly showcased during his last tenure. After all, the Rangers have previously shown themselves to be very successful at raising a dog. I'm not sure what Hamilton has left in the tank production wise, but it would be a hell of an indictment of the Los Angeles Angels if he is able to resurrect his career in Texas.