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Hamilton agrees to $125M, 5-year deal with Angels

  • FILE - In this June 15, 2010 file photo, Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton smiles smiles during batting practice before an interleague baseball game against the Florida Marlins in Miami. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, that Hamilton has agreed to a contract with the Los Angeles Angels. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

    FILE - In this June 15, 2010 file photo, Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton smiles smiles during batting practice before an interleague baseball game against the Florida Marlins in Miami. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, that Hamilton has agreed to a contract with the Los Angeles Angels. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

  • FILE - In this June 3, 2012, file photo, Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton stands in the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Arlington, Texas. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, that Hamilton has agreed to a contract with the Los Angeles Angels. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp, File)

    FILE - In this June 3, 2012, file photo, Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton stands in the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Arlington, Texas. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, that Hamilton has agreed to a contract with the Los Angeles Angels. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp, File)

  • FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2012, file photo, Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton watches his home run with Cleveland Indians catcher Lou Marson during a baseball game in Cleveland. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, that Hamilton has agreed to a contract with the Los Angeles Angels. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

    FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2012, file photo, Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton watches his home run with Cleveland Indians catcher Lou Marson during a baseball game in Cleveland. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, that Hamilton has agreed to a contract with the Los Angeles Angels. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

  • FILE - In this March 14, 2012, file photo, Texas Rangers left fielder Josh Hamilton gets above the fence to catch a hit by Colorado Rockies' Marco Scutaro during the first inning of a spring training baseball game in Surprise, Ariz. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, that Hamilton has agreed to a contract with the Los Angeles Angels. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi, File)

    FILE - In this March 14, 2012, file photo, Texas Rangers left fielder Josh Hamilton gets above the fence to catch a hit by Colorado Rockies' Marco Scutaro during the first inning of a spring training baseball game in Surprise, Ariz. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, that Hamilton has agreed to a contract with the Los Angeles Angels. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi, File)

  • FILE - In this June 15, 2010 file photo, Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton smiles smiles during batting practice before an interleague baseball game against the Florida Marlins in Miami. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, that Hamilton has agreed to a contract with the Los Angeles Angels. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
  • FILE - In this June 3, 2012, file photo, Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton stands in the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Arlington, Texas. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, that Hamilton has agreed to a contract with the Los Angeles Angels. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp, File)
  • FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2012, file photo, Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton watches his home run with Cleveland Indians catcher Lou Marson during a baseball game in Cleveland. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, that Hamilton has agreed to a contract with the Los Angeles Angels. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)
  • FILE - In this March 14, 2012, file photo, Texas Rangers left fielder Josh Hamilton gets above the fence to catch a hit by Colorado Rockies' Marco Scutaro during the first inning of a spring training baseball game in Surprise, Ariz. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, that Hamilton has agreed to a contract with the Los Angeles Angels. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi, File)

LOS ANGELES – Josh Hamilton is heading to the Los Angeles Angels, lured with a $125 million, five-year contract that steps up the migration of high-profile stars to Southern California.

The Angels persuaded the free-agent outfielder to leave the Texas Rangers with their third big-money offseason signing in as many years. Hamilton heads to Anaheim after first baseman Albert Pujols came West for $240 million last December along with pitcher C.J. Wilson – Hamilton’s Texas teammate – for $77.5 million.

Still, the Angels failed to make the playoffs for the third straight year.

They had bulked up their pitching staff earlier in the offseason with the additions of pitchers Joe Blanton and Tommy Hanson, along with relievers Sean Burnett and Ryan Madson.

General Manager Jerry Dipoto had said Wednesday that he didn’t think a major move was “imminent or required.”

But owner Arte Moreno pulled off another coup by getting Hamilton. The 2010 AL MVP, Pujols and AL Rookie of the Year Mike Trout combined for 103 home runs and 316 RBI last season.

Hamilton had a career-high 43 home runs with 128 RBI in 148 games last season, when the Rangers struggled down the stretch and lost the division to Oakland on the final day of the regular season.

Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels said Hamilton had reached a deal with the AL West rival Angels. Two people familiar with the talks disclosed the amount and length of the contract, speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement was not yet final.

Texas had hoped to re-sign Hamilton, who led the Rangers to consecutive World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011. They made a $13.3 million qualifying offer at the Nov. 2 deadline, ensuring the team draft-pick compensation if Hamilton signed elsewhere. The Rangers will receive an extra selection immediately following the first round of June’s amateur draft.

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