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Josh Hamilton | Outfielder

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (33) / 5/21/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 240
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
Contract: view contract details

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Court documents show Josh Hamilton has filed for divorce from his wife Katie in Tarrant County, Texas.
Hamilton filed for divorce in late February, around the same time reports surfaced of his latest drug relapse. Hamilton was able to avoid suspension from Major League Baseball, much to the chagrin of his own team. The Angels don't want to pay the underachieving 33-year-old outfielder and have been publicly feuding with him since the spring. He hasn't even been healthy enough to play thanks to a shoulder injury. Los Angeles' five-year deal with Hamilton is looking worse by the day. Apr 18 - 5:01 PM

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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Angels and Josh Hamilton are in talks to resolve their dispute.

The two sides are reportedly exploring multiple avenues that include trades, though nothing is believed to be close. Hamilton meanwhile continues to rehab his shoulder and isn't expected to return to the diamond until sometime in May.
Apr 18 - 11:48 AM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia confirmed Friday that Josh Hamilton (shoulder) has been doing some baseball activities.

According to Scioscia, "he has been "hitting and he's been running, but he needs to expand on that". It remains a murky situation, but Hamilton had lunch with several teammates on Friday and indicated his desire to return to the team. He isn't expected to be ready to take the field until sometime in May.
Apr 17 - 6:08 PM

Angels owner Arte Moreno told reporters Friday that the team may use provisions in Josh Hamilton's contract to seek legal action against him.

Moreno elaborated, "It’s not about money, nothing about money,". "In our contract, there’s language that he signed and that his agent approved that said he cannot drink and use drugs. So, we have specific language in the agreement. We have a couple other players who have the same language." The Angels are still on the hook for $83 million through the 2017 season, so if they can void any or all of that financial obligation, it would be welcomed on their end. If the Halos do decide to pursue legal action, the Major League Baseball Player's Association will certainly come to Hamilton's defense, touting the Joint Drug and Prevention and Treatment Program which was collectively-bargained and may preclude individual contract terms.
Apr 10 - 10:17 PM

Angels placed OF Josh Hamilton on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder injury.

Hamilton is due back from February shoulder surgery sometime in May. He had a relapse with cocaine and alcohol this offseason, but an arbitrator ruled last week that he should not be suspended -- a decision the Angels' front office very publicly disagreed with. The 33-year-old outfielder should carry good fantasy value when he returns despite all the drama. Matt Joyce will get the majority of starts in left field this month for Anaheim.
Apr 5 - 11:42 PM

Major League Baseball announced on Friday that Josh Hamilton will not be suspended.

The arbitrator has ruled that Hamilton did not violate baseball's drug policy when he relapsed, so commissioner Rob Manfred has no authority to suspend him. Manfred said he disagreed with the decision, but it doesn't matter at this point. The Angels will now have to pay Hamilton his full $23 million salary for 2015. The outfielder is working his way back from shoulder surgery and is expected to miss the first month of the season.
Apr 3 - 12:06 PM

Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that commissioner Rob Manfred is waiting on an arbitrator to see if he has the authority to discipline Josh Hamilton.

If the arbitrator decides that Hamilton violated baseball's drug policy, Manfred is expected to hand down a suspension of unknown length. If they decide baseball's drug policy wasn't violated, Hamilton's case would be considered closed and he would be free to play. The arbitrator's decision could come as soon as Friday, and Manfred says he expects to make a ruling (should he have the authority to do so) shortly after Opening Day. Hamilton is already slated to miss the first month of the season while recovering from shoulder surgery.
Apr 2 - 8:39 PM

Major League Baseball will make a decision on the Josh Hamilton case "shortly after Opening Day."

Hamilton is currently recovering from February shoulder surgery and will open the 2015 season on the disabled list, so the delay really isn't a big issue. The veteran outfielder had a cocaine and alcohol relapse over the winter and seems likely to face some sort of suspension. The exact punishment will be determined by new MLB commissioner Rob Manfred.
Apr 2 - 1:35 PM

Josh Hamilton (shoulder) has been hitting off a tee.

He has not, however, been cleared for any other baseball activity as he works his way back from surgery in early February to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder. Hamilton, of course, is also facing a suspension after suffering a relapse over the offseason.
Mar 31 - 7:39 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Major League Baseball is expected to make a decision regarding Josh Hamilton's situation prior to Opening Day.

Heyman notes that "a suspension of some length" is expected following Hamilton's relapse, but "it isn't known what the resolution will be." The feeling is that it could potentially range from 25 games to a full season, although the MLBPA is arguing for only a 15-game ban. Hamilton is already slated to miss the beginning of the season while recovering from surgery in early February to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder.
Mar 26 - 8:27 PM

Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said Tuesday that Josh Hamilton (shoulder) continues to actively rehab and has taken at least one round of batting practice.

Hamilton underwent surgery in early February to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder. He still faces a possible suspension following his recent relapse with substance abuse, but he's getting ready as if he will contribute with the Angels this season. There should be a resolution regarding a punishment from MLB soon.
Mar 10 - 2:53 PM

Major League Baseball's decision on a punishment for Josh Hamilton could come as early as next week, per Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

The report states that MLB officials believe Hamilton should be suspended for admitting to his offseason cocaine relapse, and are determining whether that would be a 25-game sentence (the recommended length for a first-time offender) or a year-long suspension (designed for fourth-time offenders). The players' union is arguing for only 15 games. Also to be determined is whether Hamilton will be placed into drug rehab, a decision which carries big financial implications. If he is suspended and not in rehab, Hamilton will not be paid. Anaheim owes the 33-year-old slugger $25.4 million in 2015, $32.4 million in 2016, and another $32.4 million in 2017.
Source: FOX Sports
Mar 5 - 11:21 AM

A four-person panel is split on whether Josh Hamilton should have to enter a rehabilitation program for drug abuse, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The panel, which consists of two attorneys and two physicians, is at a deadlock. As a result, an arbitrator will join the group to break the tie. A source also said officials are determining whether to classify Hamilton as a fourth-time offender, a penalty that normally carries at least a one-year suspension. New commissioner Rob Manfred would still have the final say on a potential suspension's length. A decision wasn't expected much before Opening Day, and it's unclear at this point how long the process will take with the extra steps now involved. Stay tuned.
Mar 4 - 9:22 PM

Josh Hamilton's potential suspension for drug use would begin at the start of the season, a source tells Alden Gonzalez of

That's meaningful because Hamilton is also in the process of recovering from shoulder surgery, so the recovery and his suspension could coincide. In fact, there's a chance that Hamilton could actually end up serving his entire suspension, whatever it may be, while rehabbing. A decision on a potential suspension isn't expected anytime soon, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.
Feb 28 - 5:05 PM

Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the Angels are not expecting a decision regarding Josh Hamilton's impending suspension anytime soon.

Fletcher adds that it "could be weeks" and the club is "hoping by Opening Day" a decision will be made. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi have reported that Hamilton is likely facing a suspension of at least 25 games following his drug relapse, but it's a complicated process and new commissioner Rob Manfred could show the outfielder some compassion given his efforts to remain sober.
Feb 27 - 2:02 PM

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