The deal that would bring Josh Hamilton back to the Texas Rangers is all but done. Here’s a quick update:
▪ A source said late Friday that the trade with the Los Angeles Angels could be announced as early as Saturday but likely before Monday.
▪ Hamilton, who is on the Angels’ disabled list after having right shoulder surgery Feb. 3, will be required to go on a rehab assignment. A source said that Hamilton is expected to begin at extended spring training. He would have to play at Triple A Round Rock before being allowed to join the Rangers’ active roster.
▪ A source said that the Rangers will be paying Hamilton in the range of $2 million to $3 million. They see the deal has having no risk financially.
▪ A source said that the commissioner’s office and the players union have been involved since the beginning of the deal and have an understanding of the basic parameters. The commission must approve the deal because money is involved.
▪ Sources and reports have said that the Angels will eat a significant chunk of the $83 million remaining on Hamilton’s contract while receiving no players in return.
▪ Hamilton, according to reports, has agreed to forfeit some of the remaining money back to the Angels, and the union approved because the financial hit will be eased by Hamilton not having to pay state income tax in Texas.
Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760