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very bad move IMHO,,Josh has really turned it around as is destined for stardom...

Reds trade Josh Hamilton to Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Josh Hamilton proved he had overcome his demons in Cincinnati, and now he wants to conquer his future in Texas.

One of baseball's best comeback stories during his breakout rookie year, the 26-year-old center fielder whose career was nearly derailed by alcohol and drug abuse was traded Friday from the Reds to the Rangers for pitchers Edinson Volquez and Danny Herrera.

Hamilton batted .292 with 19 homers and 47 RBI in 298 at-bats this year. He fills one of the biggest needs for the Rangers, who parted with one of their top pitching prospects in Volquez.

Hamilton's rookie season was interrupted by an inflamed digestive track and a sprained wrist, but he still received 151,000 write-in votes for the All-Star game, the top total in the NL.

Daniels said a physical and battery of tests gave him confidence in Hamilton's health.

"We've done about everything we could have done with him without moving in with him in Raleigh," said Daniels, referring to Hamilton's hometown in North Carolina.

Volquez, a 24-year-old right-hander, was 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA in six starts for the Rangers last season and is considered one of their top pitching prospects. He was honored as their top minor league pitcher this year.

In 26 minor league starts, Volquez went 14-6 with a 3.67 ERA, holding batters to a .190 average. The Reds need another pitcher to fill out a rotation headed by Aaron Harang and Bronson Arroyo.

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History of alcohol abuse at 26? Unless this kid is a slam-dunk HOF player, then the Reds seemed to have done all they could. The success rate for recovering addicts is not good. Don't point the finger at the Reds.

problem was this kids Dad had him bypass senior year of high school for baseball (used some wierd loophole) ,,kid wanted college it came out later,,stage Dad IMHO,,the whole family learned lessons as he faiuled by being 18 with millions, as he was #1 pick in draft and got HUGE contract..too much too soon,,should have done college for a year or two,,

kids been clean for 2 years,,weekly tests,,he really got into religion,,

he is a good kid..

this was a mistake by Reds,,Josh Hamilton has been great in his 1st two years,,he will contuinue to get better as a mature man now witrh right priorities..

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I love him if he stays healthy but the Reds are filled with outfielders and get a guy who has been pegged a future stud SP for a while now. Josh will put up good power numbers in Texas as well.

Nice trade that made sense for both teams if both guys can put it together. If anything, suprised that Texas gave up on Volquez.

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