He left the team and resurfaced several times, but eventually took the rest of the season off for personal reasons.
Prior to the 2007 season, Hamilton was selected by the Chicago Cubs (picking for the Reds) in the Rule 5 draft.During the off-season he was traded to the Rangers.He previously played for the Cincinnati Reds (2007), Texas Rangers (2008-2012, 2015), and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2013–2014).Hamilton is a five-time MLB All-Star and won the American League Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) in 2010.However, he was arrested before the season for smashing the windshield of a friend's truck.
The Rays placed him on the restricted list, moving him off the 40-man roster.
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays owned the number one pick and on June 2, selected Hamilton with the first overall selection.
Hamilton signed with Tampa Bay, receiving a .96 million signing bonus, and joined their minor league system.
During the 2008 season, Hamilton was named to the AL All-Star team.
He also participated in the Home Run Derby, where he hit a record 28 home runs in the opening round and finished with 35 home runs, which was second-most all-time in derby history.
Josh Hamilton was the first overall pick in the 1999 MLB draft by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.