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Angels | Word on Josh Hamilton may come next week

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:40:24 -0800

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton isn't expected to have a suspension announced Friday, Feb. 27, so the team might have to wait until Monday, March 2, at the earliest. Hamilton met with MLB officials Wednesday, Feb. 25, regarding a drug-related relapse that he had in the offseason. Hamilton likely wouldn't be treated as a first-time offender if he violated the Joint Drug Agreement because he was on the Tampa Bay Rays' 40-man roster when he failed his first drug test in 2003. He could be facing a suspension from 25-50 games on a second positive test.

Fantasy Tip: Hamilton's 2015 fantasy baseball value is quickly plummeting. Not only do you have to worry about a suspension, but he's not expected to be back for a few months because of offseason shoulder surgery. He may still be worth a late-round pick for outfield depth, but tread carefully.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: MLB.com - Alden Gonzalez

Angels | Josh Hamilton out at least 25 games

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:51:18 -0800

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton is likely to be suspended at least 25 games for breaching the league's drug policy. However, the league is unlikely to suspend him for a full season.

Fantasy Tip: Hamilton's fantasy value continues to plummet due to decline, injury and now this. It's possible you could draft him in the lower third of your draft right now. He still has talent to justify a selection in the middle rounds as an OF4 type.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: FOXSports.com - Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi

Angels | Retirement an option for Josh Hamilton?

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:38:16 -0800

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton may need to retire from baseball. Roy Silver, one of Hamilton's closest friends and mentor in Hamilton's struggles with addiction, said the best thing for Hamilton is to retire from the sport. Silver last spoke with Hamilton in December, and his friend feared that something wasn't right and that Hamilton may have suffered a relapse.

Fantasy Tip: Hamilton's addiction problems have come to the forefront again while he's dealing with a shoulder injury that could keep him out a few months into the 2015 season. His fantasy value has taken a steep tumble because of it all, making him a very risky selection even at the end of mixed league drafts now.

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Angels | Josh Hamilton had relapse

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:20:08 -0800

Updating previous reports, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton suffered a cocaine and alcohol relapse, and he met with MLB officials Wednesday, Feb. 25, about a disciplinary issue, according to a source. Hamilton told the league about his relapse, and Hamilton's father-in-law said Hamilton "hit a bump in the road, keep him in your prayers." Hamilton is facing a possible suspension. He had surgery earlier this month and wasn't slated to return until May. According to the agreement he made during his minor league suspension from 2003 to 2005, his drug violations can be taken into account in any discipline he might receive from the league.

Fantasy Tip: On top of his shoulder injury, a looming suspension doesn't bode well at all for Hamilton's fantasy value. There's a chance he may not even play at all in 2015. That'll likely drop him to a late-round pick, at best, in standard leagues. Matt Joyce's value should see a nice bump as a result.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: New York Daily News - Bill Madden

Angels | Josh Hamilton facing suspension

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 18:13:47 -0800

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton suffered a relapse involving at least cocaine a couple of months back. Hamilton has confessed to the relapse.

Fantasy Tip: Hamilton is facing a suspension, although the length and penalty is still to be determined. He has had a problem with drugs in the past, but he has never officially been suspended by Major League Baseball. Hamilton would be put into the league's substance abuse program as a first-time offender. The most important thing is Hamilton's health and well being. On a lesser note, his fantasy appeal will take a big hit if he is suspended for any length of time. Rumors are that he might be facing a penalty similar to usage of PEDs.

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Angels | Josh Hamilton facing stern penalty?

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:01:20 -0800

Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton's discipline issue is more severe than a performance-enhancing drug infringement, according to sources.

Fantasy Tip: Expect Hamilton's fantasy stock to continue to fall, but until there is an official announcement on the specifics of the situation and the outcome, it is tough to realistically gauge it. He is already set to miss time with a shoulder injury. So proceed with caution in drafts.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: FOXSports.com - Ken Rosenthal

Angels | Josh Hamilton meeting with MLB

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:55:38 -0800

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton is meeting with MLB officials in New York about a disciplinary issue Wednesday, Feb. 25, and the Angels are bracing for possible penalties.

Fantasy Tip: Hamilton was already expected to miss the first month of the season as he rehabs his shoulder, but could miss more time if he is facing a suspension. Owners should monitor the situation, but Hamilton likely will continue to fall down draft boards in mixed leagues.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Los Angeles Times - Mike DiGiovanna

Angels | LAA won't seek another outfielder

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 01:09:04 -0800

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have no plans to trade for outfield help with OF Josh Hamilton (shoulder) out two to three months.

Fantasy Tip: This is not surprising as the Angels have a ton of help already on the roster. Collin Cowgill, Matt Joyce and Dan Robertson could vie for Hamilton's job until he returns. The winner of this battle could have some fantasy value until Hamilton comes back.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: MLB.com - Alden Gonzalez

Angels | Josh Hamilton could be out longer

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 14:18:09 -0800

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton (shoulder) could be sidelined a month longer than initially expected, according to general manager Jerry Dipoto. "It could be six to eight weeks, it could be as much as 12 weeks," Dipoto said. "He had a bone shaved down to create less friction in an arthritic shoulder. Until he gets on site and on the field, it's tough to determine how long it will take." There is no timetable for Hamilton's return. Hamilton will miss most, if not all, of spring training, and he might not return until May.

Fantasy Tip: This is a terrible start for Hamilton to the 2015 season. Already known as a slow healer, it might be smart to anticipate him being back later rather than sooner. That means you won't want to invest heavily in him as outfield depth that can provide some pop in the later rounds of mixed league drafts.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Los Angeles Times - Mike DiGiovanna

Angels | No baseball activity for Josh Hamilton

Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:10:36 -0800

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton (shoulder) is not ready for baseball activity, according to manager Mike Scioscia. Scioscia noted Hamilton will rehab in Houston for an unspecified amount of time.

Fantasy Tip: Hamilton is now two and a half years removed from solid fantasy production, and at 33, he is likely past his offensive prime. Add the injury concerns, and there is little reason to reach for Hamilton on draft day. While there is still potential, you would be wise to allow him to fall to you in the late middle rounds, or pass entirely this draft season.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Orange County Register - Jeff Fletcher