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Daily Friar 12.14.12 

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The biggest prize in the free agent market is now off the table. I guess the Angels were tired of sitting back and watching the Dodgers grab everybody they wanted for themselves. So yesterday, the Angels signed Josh Hamilton to a 5 year, 125 million dollar contract. This comes off of last years signing of Albert Pujols to a 10 year deal. Interesting to note too that Torii Hunter, who is now with the Detroit Tigers, was told by Angels management that they were tight on money. Hunter expressed his disappointment at the Hamilton news over twitter and started a little buzz about it.

In other free agent news The Tigers signed Anibal Sanchez, Yankees have officially signed Kevin Youkilis and Ichiro, the Royals got Xavier Nady, and the Cardinals have Ty Wigginton. Okay got all that? The Padres have yet to make a free agent splash, but as one article below points out that could change (hopefully). So here are your links for today:
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Padres bolster pitching depth in trade with Rays – Padres.com

“The Padres and Rays swapped Minor League players on Thursday, with San Diego landing 25-year-old left-handed pitcher Chris Rearick in exchange for infielder Vince Belnome.”

Padres are strongly pursuing Edwin Jackson – MLBTR

“San Diego is only prepared to go so far for the right-hander, however, as they will likely drop their pursuit if the “strong market” for Jackson produces a four- or five-year contract with an average annual value of $12-$13MM.”

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About the author: Matt Rennick

Born and raised in San Diego and a Padres fan since day one. On that fateful night of September 6, 1989 when I came into this world, the game was on in the delivery room and the Padres beat the Astros and I have been forever engrained with Padre blood. I have followed sports my whole life and have written the Daily Friar for over a year and enjoy bringing all of you the news each morning.