Josh Hamilton is getting another shot at redemption in baseball with an unlikely journey that has led back to the Texas Rangers.

The 2010 AL MVP, out of the majors since shoulder surgery in February, is now set for a Rangers reunion in Cleveland on Monday — four weeks after the Angels finalized a trade to basically give him back to their AL West rivals for little in return less than halfway into a $125 million, five-year deal.

Hamilton, an All-Star with the Rangers each year from 2008 to '12, will start in left field and likely will hit second or fifth in the batting order, according to first-year Texas manager Jeff Banister.

Banister said his plan was to "open our arms and love him up and give him a great big hug and welcome him in, and then treat him like he's one of 25, just like we do everybody else."

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