“Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.”
Lyrics straight from The Who’s classic song “Won’t Get Fooled Again”. Words that perfectly describe LA Angels owner Arte Moreno. Who seems to be taking up the mantle of “The Boss” from the late George Steinbrenner.
“Won’t Get Fooled Again” was released in 1971 on “Who’s Next”. Eerily fitting since MLB fans and execs everywhere are now asking themselves that question. The Angels have officially landed free agent all-star Josh Hamilton yesterday. Nabbing the biggest free agent hitter on the market for the second year in a row.
Let’s rewind to MLB hot stove December 2011. Eventual Hall of Fame first basemen Albert Pujols was seeking a free agent contract that was sure to be one of the biggest, if not THE biggest, in Major League baseball history. Pujols had just won his second World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals, and most who followed Pujols’ free agency felt like he would eventually resign with the Cardinals. Then the Miami Marlins decided to shock baseball and offered the 10 year contract Pujols was seeking.
At that point it was deciding between Miami and St. Louis for Pujols. Then out of left field, literally a day later, Pujols signs with the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels, who had missed out in the bidding war for Carl Crawford the year before, swooped in, signed Pujols, and swooped out within a 24 hours period. Arte made sure he got who he wanted this time.
Hours after the Pujols news broke. The Angels signed free agent pitcher C.J. Wilson away from the division rival Texas Rangers. Spending well over 300 million dollars between the two players.
December 2012: new year, same story. Josh Hamilton, the best free agent hitter on the market, was rumored to have had negotiations and/or offers from Texas, Philadelphia, Seattle, Boston, etc… Notice I didn’t list the Angels. Then out of left field the Angels step in and sign Hamilton away from the Texas Rangers.
After last years free agent splashes the Angels were still on the outside looking in at the postseason. Money doesn’t always buy championships, but adding Hamilton to an already dynamic line-up shouldn’t hurt their chances either.
Whether they make a postseason run in 2013 or not? I feel the new boss will fool league execs again December 2013. So… who’s next?