L.A. reloads with an Angel in the outfield

While the Los Angeles Angels retooled with yet another big free agent splash – Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton – the Toronto Blue Jays picked up Jose Reyes and potential aces R.A. Dickey and Josh Johnson to bolster their starting rotation and their chances in the American League. Enlarge photo

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While the Los Angeles Angels retooled with yet another big free agent splash – Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton – the Toronto Blue Jays picked up Jose Reyes and potential aces R.A. Dickey and Josh Johnson to bolster their starting rotation and their chances in the American League.

Josh Hamilton joined forces with Albert Pujols and Mike Trout in Los Angeles, primed to pry the American League pennant from Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez in Detroit.

“They always say, ‘There’s always next year,’ and next year is here,” Angels ace Jered Weaver said.

Not so fast, big boys.

The Toronto Blue Jays want in, too, and they brought a bevy of All-Stars, led by knuckleballer R.A. Dickey and shortstop Jose Reyes, north of the border for their shot.

Tampa Bay locked up Evan Longoria for six more years. The White Sox signed young ace Chris Sale for five. The AL West champion Oakland Athletics are hoping Yoenis Cespedes can keep them on top in a loaded division.

Heck, the Texas Rangers lost Hamilton and clubhouse leader Michael Young and they still think they’re armed to be the best in the West with Yu Darvish and Matt Harrison leading a deep rotation.

And never count out the New York Yankees. They may appear more brittle than bombers in the Bronx. But Mariano Rivera is back for one last season of sawing off bats and closing out wins.

One thing is certain: A bunch of swaggering bats are ready to give the Houston Astros a rude welcome to the American League.