The Los Angeles Angels seemed to be positioning themselves for a huge move and Thursday afternoon, that exactly happened with the signing of Josh Hamilton. The Los Angeles outfield now has Mike Trout to go with Hamilton and has easily taken over as the American League favorite for the World Series. I’m shocked Hamilton would go with a team in the same division as the Texas Rangers though.
This Angels team is now even more dangerous than I ever envisioned them being. Does anyone want to face a lineup that starts with Trout and then goes to Albert Pujols and Hamilton? It is about as powerful as the New York Yankees or Detroit Tigers lineups now. It is very clear that on paper that the Angels should be able to get through the AL West without much resistance. If you add a pitching staff that is led by Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson but has been weakened by free agency, the Hamilton signing just adds more much-needed offense in the Big A where games could be 10-9 a lot more than usual in 2013.
There must be teams like the Oakland Athletics and Kansas City Royals who just made the playoffs or have improved to the point where they can contend next season that can’t be too pleased with this move. Those two and others see Hamilton staying in the American League and see their playoff chances go down greatly. This move though shows how serious Arne Moreno is to winning the Los Angeles market. Are we on our way to an all-Los Angeles World Series?
Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.