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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Josh Hamilton gains over 20 pounds


By on 1/14/2014 01:00:00 PM

After his worst season in 5 years, Josh Hamilton decided to put more weight on to try to regain his superstar status. JeffFletcher of the Orange County Register has reported that Hamilton has gained 20 pounds this winter, putting him up to 230 pounds.

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“I do believe it’s a positive,” general manager Jerry Dipoto said via text to Fletcher Tuesday morning. “He’s played much of his career in the 230-240 range. It’s a comfortable weight for him.”

In the last 5 seasons, Hamilton has missed over 160 games due to injury. This projects into a short career not being able to keep playing late into his 30’s. Hamilton has dealt with multiple wrist problems, back spasms and weird injuries such as a cut off of caffeine that lead to an absence of over a week. Needless to say, he has had his problems off the field as well, but has kept them in tack well over his major league career.

In 2013, Hamilton hit a .250/.307/.432 achieving 21 home runs and driving in 79 runs. His .250 average, .307 OBP, .739 OPS is a career low and a career low WAR at 1.5. Hamilton’s defense also suffered, having a -1.1 DWAR and committing 8 errors all in right field in only 83 games.

At age 32, Hamilton is exiting his prime and is due over $107 million in the next 4 years. The Angels have been giving out ridiculous contracts and recent reports say that they also have interest in bringing in Masahiro Tanaka who is said to be on track for a huge payday worth 9 figures. 

In all, Hamilton can still be a contributor that drives in 90+ runs while hitting over 25 home runs. The weight help his power and his protection from injury by being stronger all-around.

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