ON DECK: Win-now mentality for Angels in Hamilton signing
Looks like the Los Angeles Angels are trying to put together their own Murderer's Row.
Signing Josh Hamilton means a couple of things for the Angels, who missed the playoffs last season. They will have a lineup that features Mike Trout (30 home runs in 2012), Albert Pujols (30 home runs) and Hamilton (43 home runs). It also means they'll be paying four players more than $20 million in 2016 — and possibly five. Hamilton and Pujols will make $25 million in their mid-30s, and pitchers C.J. Wilson and Jered Weaver are scheduled to make $20 million.
Add to the fact that if Trout has a couple more seasons like last year, he'll most likely be a $20 million man.
Maybe the Dodgers and Angels are in a bidding war to see who can buy more celebrities coming to their games. But signing Hamilton, whose risks and abilities are well-documented, is the ultimate win-now move because chances are, by the end of his contract, they're going to wonder why they paid him $125 million in the first place.