Josh Hamilton wishes Ian Kinsler luck
Shout out to Ian Kinsler. Best of luck in your new venture, buddy.— Josh Hamilton (@thejoshhamilton) November 21, 2013
Interestingly, the departure of Hamilton helped create the need for the Rangers to make this deal. The Rangers were searching for a left-handed power bat in the middle of the lineup, a spot that used to belong to Hamilton. But when Hamilton signed with the Angels, the Rangers never did find a replacement. Until now.
So Fielder will slot into the middle of the Rangers lineup, and Kinsler, who played with Hamilton for five seasons in Texas, goes to Detroit.
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