Josh Hamilton probably had the Texas Rangers on his mind in March, but it’s unclear if he was heavily politicking for a trade from the Los Angeles Angels when he sent ex-teammate Michael Young a video of him hitting after shoulder surgery.
Hamilton said that he sent “the Rangers” the video. Hamilton said that it was sent March 9. A source said that Hamilton sent it to Young, now a special assistant with the club, as more of a friend-to-friend or player-to-player thing. And, the source said, the video was sent March 31.
The Rangers did not request the video, so they would be free of any charges that they were tampering with another club’s player. Of course, the Angels were so glad to get rid of Hamilton that they probably wouldn’t log any complaints.
“I sent video to the Rangers of me hitting March 9, full-go,” Hamilton said.
Hamilton said that the Rangers did not scout him at his workouts during the trade negotiations.
General manager Jon Daniels said on Monday that the Rangers’ talks with the Angels about Hamilton first started in spring training. Hamilton had relapsed with cocaine in February, and his future with the Angels and in baseball was in question.
The Angels had already made him feel unwelcome by not issuing him a locker for spring training and by allowing him to rehab from a Feb. 4 shoulder operation on his own in Houston instead of with the club.
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