What's buzzing:

Big League Stew

The winners and losers of the Josh Hamilton deal

Kevin Kaduk
Big League Stew

View photo

.

(Getty Images)

The dust is still settling on Josh Hamilton's surprise five-year, $125 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels. It's not too early, however, to do some quick scorekeeping after Thursday afternoon's action.

Winners

The Angels lineup: Cut through all of the noise that surrounds this deal and the simple fact is that the Angels just added an AL MVP to a roster that includes one three-time winner (Albert Pujols) and is topped by an outfielder (Mike Trout) with the potential to win multiple MVP awards after being snubbed for one last month. Hamilton brings a left-handed bat to a lineup in dire need of one and gifts Angels fans with the third must-see at-bat every time the team goes through the lineup.

Arte Moreno: "What Arte wants, Arte gets" is quickly becoming a baseball maxim and there isn't a baseball fan out there who'd turn down Moreno's stewardship for their favorite team. Between his personal wealth, $3 billion television deal and win-at-all costs attitude, he has become the Mark Cuban of baseball (minus the motormouth).

[Related: Josh Hamilton signing escalates Angels-Rangers rivalry]

Moreno's win runs deeper than his public image, though. After writing a 10-year, $250 million check to Pujols last winter, he just captured this year's top free agent for half the money and half the years. He and the Angels may have just landed a big bargain.

Southern California baseball: New York and Boston are so yesterday. Between Moreno's spree the past few seasons and the Dodgers' newfound spending ways, Los Angeles baseball fans will have a wealth of talent to appreciate each summer night. Hamilton just signed for more money than he could ever spend, yet he owns only the fourth-largest deal in Los Angeles — a position that will likely sink lower once Trout and Clayton Kershaw get paid.

Joe McDonnell: In a hot stove rumor market that's dominated by names like Tim Brown, Ken Rosenthal, Jon Morosi, Buster Olney and Jon Heyman, the writer for Fox Sports West scooped everyone by first mentioning the two sides were in talks on Thursday morning.

[Y! Sports Radio: Tim Brown breaks down the new Angels lineup]

Vernon Wells: Nope, there's still no room for him in the outfield. But he's still going to be making Josh Hamilton money ($24.6 million) each of the next two seasons.

Losers

Josh Hamilton: It seems ridiculous to suggest anyone can be in this category after landing a nine-figure deal. But Hamilton's many question marks meant that he couldn't squeeze the market for six or seven years, which kept the deal's total value well below what Pujols and Prince Fielder garnered last offseason.

Texas Rangers: If you want to place them in the "winners" category, you have a good case. GM Jon Daniels and the Rangers didn't rise to their current spot in the game by handing out big contracts to players on the wrong side of 30 (Adrian Beltre excepted), and they still have a strong farm system that will help maintain their success. The Rangers aren't going anywhere.

There's still reason for Texas to hang its head, though, because it's not as if Hamilton jumped to a team in another division or league. He signed with the Rangers' biggest rival and has the potential to hurt Texas 19 games each year. Hamilton also represented the team's last chance to do something big this offseason with the Zack Greinke signing and potential Justin Upton signing not panning out. Anyone have a number for Sandy Alderson?

Seattle Mariners: With Hamilton's lukewarm market, this seemed like a good chance for Seattle to finally get over its financial and geographic locations and make a big acquisition for its power-starved lineup. Not only did that not happen, but the Mariners had to sit back and watch their divisional rivals in Orange County get richer. The Nick Swisher fantasies really aren't going to be as fun for Mariners fans to play through.

[Related: Jeff Passan's 2012 MLB ultimate free-agent tracker]

The Los Angeles Angels' budget: Everyone said the contracts for Pujols and C.J. Wilson would handcuff Jerry DiPoto in future years and it clearly hasn't. Nor has the dead weight of Vernon Wells' deal. At least not on Thursday. But as Yankees fans can tell Halo fans, eventually these big deals are going to weigh on the franchise as the players march into their mid-30s. The Angels will have to win a World Series to make this all worthwhile, which means Los Angeles now plays host to the the two teams shouldering the biggest expectations in baseball.

Are you ready for hot stove season?
Follow @bigleaguestew@KevinKaduk and the BLS Facebook page!

Fantasy football advice from the Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Minute:

Other popular content on the Yahoo! network:
Win-now edicts spurring flurry of desperate deals across MLB
Former Kansas City Chiefs cheerleader sets sights on MMA career
Y! Finance: America's happiest employees work here

View Comments (241)
  • UFC champion Jon 'Bones' Jones booked in connection with hit-and-run crash

    UFC champion Jon 'Bones' Jones booked in connection with hit-and-run crash

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —Officials say champion UFC fighter Jon Jones has turned himself into authorities in connection with a hit-and-run crash. Bernalillo County says that Jones was booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center Monday night and later … More »

    The Canadian Press - 6 minutes ago
  • Stotts and Lillard on Win

    Stotts and Lillard on Win

    Terry Stotts and Damian Lillard talk about the importance of getting a win in Portland. … More »

    NBA.com - 12 minutes ago
  • 'New era' for DC's NHL, NBA teams? Caps coach Trotz says so

    There they were, right in the front row, wearing red hockey jerseys, pounding on the glass just like any fan might, and urging other spectators to cheer loudly for the NHL's Capitals in Game 7: Paul Pierce and a trio of other players from the NBA's … More »

    AP - Sports - 15 minutes ago
  • Blazers rally in 4th, avoid elimination

    Blazers rally in 4th, avoid elimination

    After the final buzzer of their Game 4 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night, the Portland Trail Blazers all gathered in a huddle at midcourt and raised their clasped hands skyward. Portland had avoided elimination from the playoffs … More »

    AP - Sports - 16 minutes ago
  • Pederson, Turner homer for Dodgers in 8-3 win over Giants

    Pederson, Turner homer for Dodgers in 8-3 win over Giants

    Rookie center fielder Joc Pederson's teammates are enjoying the many ways he can impact a ballgame, and he did it again Monday night against the San Francisco Giants. Pederson homered, doubled in a run and made a sparkling defensive play to lead … More »

    AP - Sports - 16 minutes ago