When the Los Angeles Angels traded away Josh Hamilton to the Texas Rangers, it came as little surprise. It was the best possible situation for both sides and it put Hamilton in the best place for him to get his career back on track. Hamilton’s sights were dead set on the Rangers, but that didn’t stop other teams from trying to trading for him.
Before being traded to the Rangers, the San Diego Padres attempted to trade for Hamilton, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN.com.
Hamilton’s fit for the Padres is unclear due to their talent in the outfield. It’s possible that a trade would have put Wil Myers at first base so Hamilton could play right field, but that is just speculation.
Is it surprising that the Padres were in the running for Hamilton? Not at all. As you know, general manager A.J. Preller has completely overhauled the Padres roster and doesn’t hesitate to add talent to the team.
Hamilton, 33, last appeared in a regular season game in 2014 with the Angels, where he hit .263 with 10 home runs and 44 RBI.
The Hamilton-to-San Diego scenario is officially dead, but with Preller at the helm, it makes the Padres a team to keep a close eye on as we start to get a little bit closer to the trade deadline.
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