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Josh Hamilton trade: No players going to Angels

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Bill Shaikin and Alden Gonzalez are saying that no players will go from Texas to LAA in the Josh Hamilton deal

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Josh Hamilton trade:  The Texas Rangers will not send any players to the Angels in the deal that will send Hamilton to Texas, according to both Bill Shaikin and Alden Gonzalez.  Shaikin and Gonzalez are both Angels beat reporters.

There had been some speculation that the Angels might get some prospects or something of value back in this deal, but apparently, it is going to be Hamilton and cash going to Texas for, essentially, nothing.  Jeff Passan says that the Rangers will be paying Hamilton $15 million, which means the Angels are going to owe Hamilton $68 million.

I'm not really enthusiastic about this deal -- I wouldn't give Hamilton a 3 year, $15 million contract if he were a free agent right now, and I don't think he's got much of a chance of being a productive player for the remainder of his contract.  But it isn't much money, and there's no doubt some off-field value ownership sees associated with bringing Hamilton back.

UPDATE -- Ken Rosenthal just issued a series of tweets saying that the Rangers aren't sending any players, and would be paying less than $15M of Hamilton's deal, but that Hamilton is going to be giving up some money as part of this deal, as well.  Rosenthal says it is "complex" and "volatile" and could still fall apart.