Outside Corner: The Angels, Hamilton and the lessons to be learned

As many of you know, I moonlight over at The Outside Corner on a pretty regular basis. I usually save all my Angels-related content for MWAH, but today I wrote a little something about what lessons the Angels and Arte Moreno hopefully learned from the Josh Hamilton debacle. Here’s an excerpt:

The Angels signed Josh Hamilton for $125 million over two years ago seemingly to spite the Texas Rangers. Yesterday, the Angels traded Josh Hamilton back to the Rangers in order to functionally cut off their nose to spite their faces. All they got from the Hamilton experience was a lot of frustration and embarrassment on and off the field, and hopefully, a lesson learned regarding the way they go about spending their money.

But did they actually learn that lesson? The signing of Hamilton was made on the strength of owner Arte Moreno’s hubris. He wanted to show off his spending power and stick it to the rival Rangers at the same time. When the Hamilton signing went bad, that hubris reemerged with Moreno obviously orchestrating Hamilton’s exit from Anaheim for the crime of making Moreno look stupid for signing him in the first place.

You can read the rest right here.

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