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After much speculation, the Angels are set to send Josh Hamilton to the Texas Rangers

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The Los Angeles Angels are close to trading Josh Hamilton to the Texas Rangers, according to TR Sullivan:

Bill Shaikin is reporting that the trade could be completed in as little as 72 hours, while Jon Morosi revealed that Hamilton is standing by in Houston, ready to rejoin the Rangers. Shaikin also noted that this could be a cash only deal, and that no players would be coming back to the Angels.

Hamilton is owed $80 million, and the Angels will likely need to eat a lot of that money. The terms are still unknown, but will be updated as information comes in.

Update:

Heyman is reporting that the trade has been agreed to, with a few things left to iron out.

The Angels investment in Hamilton appears to be extremely low, making this deal all the better for Texas.

The lack of a state income tax is seemingly one of the reasons that this deal is being held up, but Bob Nightengale tweeted that Hamilton has agreed to forfeit some money to make the deal work for Texas.

A trade was the only plausible outcome

Ever since the news about Hamilton's relapse broke, it didn't seem like the relationship between him and the Angels to be fixed. MLBPA is opposed to buyouts, as Chris Schubert writes, and as such the only possible remedy was a trade.

The team was clearly upset that Hamilton wasn't punished for breaking the agreement of the Joint Drug Agreement, while many in the media applauded the arbitrator's decision. It's impossible to know how the front office felt about Hamilton before this situation unfolded, but it's clear now that they were no longer supporting their player:

The Rangers actually make sense

The Rangers make perfect sense for Hamilton, as it was the first time he experienced any prolonged success in the majors. They're also acutely aware of his personal history, and how to support him through his struggles.

While it's highly unlikely that Hamilton can return to his MVP days, the most important thing is for him to feel comfortable, and play for an ownership group that is receptive to his issues.

Rangers and Angels players show support for Hamilton

C.J. Wilson was unaware of the trade, but is glad that Hamilton will be back on a baseball field soon.

Albert Pujols still wishes Hamilton was a member of the Angels, but thinks this will work out for him.

Former teammate Elvis Andrus still thinks that Hamilton is a player "who can help everybody", while Adrian Beltre wondered why there would be a team that didn't want him.