Thursday, November 22, 2007
Angels Sign Hunter
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim continued their very busy offseason, signing center-fielder Torii Hunter to a 5-year contract worth approximately $90M. There was absolutely no speculation that there were even talks between the two parties, but Hunter's agent told the media that the deal was compiled within 24 hours of beginning communication.
At first look, it seems Hunter doesn't fit in with the Angels, playing a position that the Angels shelled out $50M last season to fill. Last year's center-fielder Gary Matthews Jr. didn't have a very good year with the bat, but the power numbers were pretty high. Los Angeles now has 6 outfielders to play 3 spots, most likely guaranteeing that Miguel Cabrera will be wearing red come next year. GM Tony Reagins put the club in a great postion to move 1 or 2 outfielders with Santana or Saunders in return for a big bat, whether it be Miguel Cabrera or even Miguel Tejada.