Anatomy of a Trade: Josh Hamilton Timeline

The era of Josh Hamilton with the Los Angeles Angels is not one to forget, but is one everyone is expected to erase from their memory. Here is the timeline from day one to the final day of Josh Hamilton's residence in Los Angeles.

December 13, 2012:

Josh Hamilton signs with Los Angeles Angels for five-years and $125 million.

October 5, 2014:

Josh Hamilton plays last game with Angels, after going 0-for-13 in American League Division Series; Angels are swept by Kansas City Royals.

February 3, 2015:

Josh Hamilton announces he'll have surgery to repair AC joint in his right shoulder and will miss six-to-eight weeks.

February 25, 2015:

Josh Hamilton meets with Commissioner's Office, regarding disciplinary actions.

February 26, 2015:

Reports break that Josh Hamilton has relapsed from drug and alcohol abuse.

April 3, 2015:

Neutral arbitrator makes decision that Josh Hamilton did not have actions that constitute a violation of MLB drug policy and will not serve a suspension for relapse actions.

Angels Front Office makes negative comments about Josh Hamilton's relapse. Relationship between player and Front Office begin to fade.

April 24, 2015:

Reports break that the Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers have agreed to terms to send Josh Hamilton to Texas for cash considerations.

April 27, 2015:

Angels and Rangers announce that Josh Hamilton has been traded to Texas for player to be named later or cash considerations.

“Today is about moving forward with the Texas Rangers,” said Hamilton, “being back home, it feels good to be back.”

Josh Hamilton is now a member of the Texas Rangers, and the era in which poor play and poor relations off the field with the Los Angeles Angels have come to an end. The rest of what there is to write about Josh Hamilton will be in the hands of the future.

Taylor Blake Ward is a Senior Publisher with, and can be found on Twitter, @TaylorBlakeWard.

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