MLB Notebook: Hamilton becomes latest star to sign with Angels

2012-12-14T00:00:00Z MLB Notebook: Hamilton becomes latest star to sign with AngelsThe Associated Press The Associated Press
December 14, 2012 12:00 am  • 

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, a Tucson native, 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 RBIs last season.

"It's a great day to be an Angel/Angel fan!" Wilson said on his Twitter account.

Correia, Twins agree

MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Twins filled another hole in a staff that was full of them last season, when their starters posted the second-worst ERA in the majors and 12 pitchers took at least five turns in the rotation.

After finalizing a $10 million, two-year contract with Kevin Correia on Thursday, general manager Terry Ryan acknowledged there's no guarantee the right-hander will strengthen the group. Ryan said he's still looking for candidates after casting a wide net at last week's winter meetings.

The 32-year-old Correia was an All-Star in 2011 with Pittsburgh. He went 12-11 with a 4.21 ERA, 46 walks and only 89 strikeouts in 171 innings this year, losing his spot in the rotation when the Pirates traded for Wandy Rodriguez.

Extra innings

• Andres Torres agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract Thursday with the reigning World Series champion Giants. He must pass a physical to finalize the deal. The 34-year-old Torres spent last season with the Mets following three years with the Giants. He hit .230 with three home runs, 35 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 132 games in 2012.

• Cincinnati and free agent infielder Jack Hannahan finalized a $4 million, two-year contract, giving the team added depth at third base. The 32-year old hit .244 for the Indians last season with 16 doubles, four homers and 29 RBIs in 105 games.

• A federal appeals court will hear Barry Bonds' appeal of his obstruction of justice conviction early next year. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday scheduled oral arguments for Feb. 13 before a three-judge panel in San Francisco.

• The Orioles hired Bobby Dickerson to be their third base coach.

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