One of the bigger names on this years free agent market has now found a home. Former Twins outfielder Torii Hunter has just signed a 5-year deal worth as much as $80 million dollars to play for the Los Angeles Angels, according to ESPN.
The Angels’ first year general manager, Tony Reagins, is certainly making a splash so far this off season with yet another significant move since the start of the hot stove season. A couple of days ago, the Angels traded shortstop Orlando Cabrera to the White Sox in exchange for pitcher Jon Garland.
Hunter will add plenty of offense to the lineup as well as his gold glove defense in centerfield. With his addition, the Angels outfield will now feature Garrett Anderson and Vladimir Guerrero at the corner outfield spots, flanking Hunter in center.
The move comes as a surprise to many who thought that Hunter was close to a deal with the rangers or White Sox. This was certainly a bold move for the Halo’s and supposedly they are still wheeling and dealing for some other key players according to several major league sources.
Maybe this helps the Mets a little bit with teams that are looking for a center fielder? There’s a chance that the value of Lastings Milledge and Carlos Gomez have gone up a little. After Hunter, there really is no other solid options for a center fielder in free agency.
Plus, the Twins are still without anyone patrolling the middle of their outfield? Give them a call Omar… Everyone knows they have the hots for Gomez!