Josh Hamilton could return to the Texas Rangers, the team with which he won the American League’s Most Valuable Player award in 2010, as part of a trade with the Los Angeles Angels, MLB.com reported.
The teams are close to working out a deal that would center on the 33-year-old outfielder, MLB.com said Friday night, without saying where it got the information.
Hamilton, who left the Rangers to sign a five-year, $125 million free-agent deal with Los Angeles before the 2013 season, has not played for the Angels this season while recovering from shoulder surgery.
Hamilton told Major League Baseball officials during the offseason that he had a relapse in his recovery from substance abuse. He was not disciplined by MLB after an arbitrator ruled he hadn’t violated a treatment program, a ruling that Angels President John Carpino said “defies logic.”
Hamilton was an All-Star in each of his five seasons in Texas, batting .305 with 142 home runs and 506 runs batted in during that span. Since coming to the Angels, he has hit .255 with 31 homers and 123 RBIs.