Los Angeles Angels embattled outfielder Josh Hamilton has reportedly listed his Newport Coast mansion on the real estate market for the low, low price of $16.5 million. The LA Times is reporting that Hamilton is working with Kevin Aaronson of Keller Williams as the listing agent. The home is located in the Crystal Cove community, and was purchased for $12 million in 2013, according to property records.
So, what exactly does $16.5 million buy one these days? To start, the house is 10,850 square feet and has six bedrooms and 8.5 bathrooms. The Santa Barbara-inspired design features vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, and takes in sweeping views of the harbor, Santa Catalina Island, and the Pacific coastline. The lower level features a wine cellar and a home theater with game room. The house is situated on a half-acre property and is complete with professional landscaping, an outdoor kitchen, and an infinity-edge pool and spa. If you are one for cars, there is an eight-car garage.
This appears to be the latest headline in the ongoing Hamilton-Angels divorce. The Angels and their owner, Arte Moreno have made it clear repeatedly that they do not want their outfielder back following an admitted cocaine relapse this offseason. Moreno and his front office have publicly intimated that there is a clause in Hamilton’s contract that would allow them to void the remaining $83 million owed the player following his brush with addiction this winter. Hamilton is continuing to rehab from offseason shoulder surgery in Houston.
An uncoupling between Hamilton and the Angels seems all but a foregone conclusion at this point. Hamilton has never appeared comfortable in Los Angeles, and would be unlikely to stay there when things ultimately shake out with the Angels. The sale of his home may not signal a final break with the Angels. With three years remaining on his contract, however, listing a home purchased less than two years ago does not show much confidence that fences can be mended in Los Angeles for Hamilton and the Angels.