weighs in on Angels' side regarding Josh Hamilton's contract

Within hours after Angels owner Arte Moreno said he might use language in Josh Hamilton's contract to protect the team against his substance-abuse relapse, the players' union issued a sharply worded statement that baseball's collectively bargained drug policy "supersede(s) all other player contract provisions and explicitly prevent(s) clubs from exactly the type of action Mr. Moreno alluded to."Now stepping up to the plate:  chief legal officer Dan Halem. "We obviously have a different view than the players' association regarding the club's rights under these circumstances," Halem told the Los Angeles Times.If Moreno pursues the matter, seeking to recoup some of the millions remaining on Hamilton's contract, the commissioner's office and the union could face off in a second arbitration hearing over Hamilton. The first hearing resulted in an arbitrator's ruling April 3 that Hamilton had not violated his mandated drug-treatment program by self-repo

rting a relaspe and, thus, could not be suspended. Hamilton's $23 million salary for 2015 became guaranteed on opening day, as Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal first reported. But Hamilton — who is rahabbing a surgically repaired shoulder and isn't expected to be able to play for at least another month, according to the Times — is slated to be paid $30 million in each of the next two seasons. That's 60 million reasons Moreno might seek another battle, with Hausen and 's legal team on his side.Asked last week whether Hamilton would definitely play again for the Angels, Moreno replied: "I will not say that."One possibility is a buyout, but both sides would have to agree on it and the players' union typically frowns on any sort of discount on the money owed on a contract unless the player gets some other benefit in return.