Thursday, November 22, 2007

Torii Hunter Signs With The Angels!


It looks like the Angels have a newly acquired big ticket item on their squad. I didn't expect this, but Los Angeles has signed center-fielder Torii Hunter. The move gives the Angels not only their big bat and protection for Vladmir Guerrero, but also a defensive whiz in centerfield.

Outfielder Torii Hunter and the Los Angeles Angels reached a preliminary agreement Wednesday night on a five-year contract thought to be worth at least $80 million.

The agreement is subject to a physical.

"They play the game the right way," Hunter said. "They play hard-nosed baseball."

The 32-year-old becomes the much-needed hitter the AL West champions sought to protect Vladimir Guerrero in the batting order. Hunter hit .297 with 28 homers and 107 RBIs for the Minnesota Twins this year and is a seven-time Gold Glove winner.

Now it leaves us to wonder what happens with Gary Matthews, who only hit north of .250 last year, and got into hot water earlier in the season for his involvement with purchases of HGH from a New York pharamacy.

It's a nice upgrade for the Angels, I'd be concerned how he ages over the life his contract considering his style of play.

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