Josh Hamilton is officially an Angel after agreeing to a five-year, $125 million deal with the team. The Angels now have a lineup that is built around the best player in baseball in Mike Trout, and two guys who are still capable of claiming that title as their own in Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton. The rest of the lineup isn't anything to sneeze at, either.
Of course, Hamilton comes loaded with potential pitfalls. He was notoriously brittle during his time in Texas, and there is always the threat that his personal life will take another turn downward. Still, Hamilton can hit the shit out of the ball and the thought of him and Pujols getting to hit behind Mike Trout is a frightening one. This team should score a ton of runs.
Hamilton's contract isn't even all that outrageous, either. Remember, Jayson Werth will be making $20 million in 2014, and Nick Swisher is looking for a contract of equal size. It's unlikely that Pujols and Hamilton will ever truly live up to the combined $50 million that the Angels will be paying them, but who cares? They are going to hit and the team is going to be fun as hell to watch.