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Torii Hunter expected to re-sign with the Angels

Sep 22, 2012, 10:10 AM EDT

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Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times is reporting that Torii Hunter is expected to re-sign with the Angels this offseason:

Torii Hunter came away from a recent lunch meeting with General Manager Jerry Dipoto convinced the Angels would make a strong push to re-sign him after his five-year, $90-million contract expires in October.

Hunter is having a great season, hitting .305/.357/.444 with 15 homers. Given the existence of Mike Trout and Peter Bourjos he’s a right fielder now, but even with a loaded outfield in Anaheim, he’s definitely worth keeping around.

Also, according to the report, the Angels will likely try to trade Peter Bourjos, Vernon Wells or even Mark Trumbo in the offseason to address other needs and free up the logjam.

  1. taxed00 - Sep 22, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    I could see Boston taking a run at Kendrys Morales to fill their 1st base needs for next year. Would be interested to see what a team would offer up for Trumbo after breakout year like this with still considerable team control left

  2. pisano - Sep 22, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    How old is this guy? I’m thinking late 30’s, wouldn’t you let an old guy walk and keep the young and under contract controlled guys?

    • echech88 - Sep 22, 2012 at 11:33 AM

      Depends on if those young guys are part of the GM’s long term plan.

      What this tells me is that Trumbo is not. Hunter does not put up the eye-popping power numbers Trumbo does or the high end, elite defense that Bourjos does but he is the more stable, balanced middle ground between the two.

      And if you believe in non-statistical elements, Torii is probably Mike Trout’s best friend and mentor on the roster as well as the clubhouse “leader”

    • rooney24 - Sep 22, 2012 at 8:30 PM

      Torii is currently 37. If they can resign him at a more reasonable contract, he is worth keeping. He is a little slower, but now that he is in RF, he is still a better than average fielder and solid hitter. They should be able to get something for Trumbo, Morales, or Bourjos if they can move them. If they have any young OF prospects in the minors, maybe they only need Hunter for a couple of seasons more anyway.

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