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The November 15th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Hunter signs in Detroit, Weaver finishes third in Cy Young voting, Nate Silver says Trout should win AL MVP and much more...
The Story: Torii Hunter signed with the Detroit Tigers for $26 million over two years.
The Monkey Says: This kind of worked out for everyone. Torii is a great fit for Detroit and he got them to overpay him by a few million which somewhat justifies the Angels' decision not to re-sign him. Then again, he might've taken less to stay with the Halos had they been more serious about keeping him. Personally, I know people are mad Hunter is leaving, but I just don't seem him being worth this kind of contract and, more importantly, if letting him go allows the Angels to keep Greinke and sign another quality starter, it is all worth it.
The Story: Jered Weaver finished third in the AL Cy Young voting.
The Monkey Says: That was completely expected. What wasn't expected was that some of the votes he got would become controversial. Jered got just two second-place votes, both coming from Angels beat writers. Some have pointed to that as a source of blame for Verlander not winning the award, as it was one of the tightest Cy Young votes in history. Of course the other controversial vote was the Texas writer that gave Fernando Rodney a first place vote. So, there's that.
The Story: Statistical projection wizard Nate Silver says that Mike Trout should be the AL MVP.
The Monkey Says: Before I even address this, I ask that you all refrain from political commentary. I just don't care about it, but I know invoking Silver's name can spark such conversation. For those who don't know, Silver first made a name for himself with his statistical work at Baseball Prospectus, so between that and his spot on election projections, his words carry major weight. Plus, you always should listen to the opinion of somebody that might be a witch.
The Story: The Angels announced the signing of seven players to minor league deals.
The Monkey Says: This is kind of a weird announcement because we already knew about some of these. They actually signed Pena last season, and he could some help in the bullpen this season once he fully recovers from Tommy John surgery. We also already heard about the Stetter signing and then promptly ignored it. Oeltjen, Shuck, Carlin and Reyes are pretty much just around for some much needed organzitional depth though they do all have limited MLB experience. The one guy I do like is Brendan Harris. It wasn't so long ago that he was a half-decent starter for the Rays and Twins. He hasn't been in the majors since 2010, so he is a longshot, but he does have a shot at challenging Andrew Romine for the utility infielder role.
The Story: Former Angel closer Brian Fuentes has announced his retirement.
The Monkey Says: Alex Rodriguez is deeply disappointed to see him go.
The Story: One fan is profoundly disappointed about the Angels pushing Torii Hunter out the door.
The Monkey Says: You know what, people? Get over it. Re-signing a player because he is very likeable just isn't a good reason. If you want to make a case that he should have been kept strictly for performance reasons, I'll listen to that, but spare me all of the crap about the magical powers of his personality and charisma.
The Story: What if the Angels made a trade like the Marlins just did?
The Monkey Says: Good idea, glad I thought of it. I kid, of course, but this does show that this hypothetical that I introduced and expanded upon yesterday is something that people would seriously consider.
BEST OF MAXIM
The first big free agent is off the board.
Right fielder Torii Hunter reached agreement Wednesday with the Detroit Tigers on a two-year contract, according to major-league sources.
The deal, pending a physical, will give the American League champions a new No. 2 hitter, boosting an offense that will receive an additional lift next season if designated hitter Victor Martinez makes...
DETROIT -- New Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter will wear his familiar No. 48 in Detroit, and victims of Hurricane Sandy will benefit from it.
Although the number has been worn by Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello during the past four seasons, he was willing to give it to Hunter -- who also wore 48 during 14-plus combined seasons in Minnesota and Los Angeles -- for a good cause.
Tuesday morning news broke that free agent outfielder Torii Hunter, a 37-year-old, nine-time gold glove winner was in town meeting with the Detroit Tigers on a possible deal that would bring him to the Motor City.
Sources: Free agent outfielder Torii Hunter is meeting with #Tigers officials in Detroit today. @mlbonfox
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 13, 2012
Hunter who is coming...
Torii Hunter is officially no longer an Angel, something we all have seen coming for weeks now. For the most part, we've all made our peace with his departure and moved on. We know the Halos have as they've already made it clear that they have a succession plan in place. Peter Bourjos will take Hunter's spot in the outfield. Albert Pujols and Mike Trout will fill...
Per numerous reports, the Tigers have signed free agent outfielder Torii Hunter to a two-year, $26 million deal. Hunter visited with the Tigers on Tuesday.
The seemingly inevitable signing of Torii Hunter with the Detroit Tigers has been completed. Hunter has agreed to a two-year deal with the Tigers, and will make $26 million. Earlier today, Garrett explored Hunter's popularity on the free agent market in comparison to Josh Hamilton, Michael Bourn, and Nick Swisher.
With the Angels last season, Hunter amassed 5.3 fWAR, the...
What's that sound you're hearing?
It's a rumbling...
Something's about to happen...
Oh, I recognize that. That's Cody Ross' asking price skyrocketing.
And you're hearing it because 37-year old outfielder Torii Hunter has agreed to a two-year, $26 million contract with the Detroit Tigers. It's not actually a bad deal for Detroit, despite Torii...
DETROIT -- You might call Tigers owner Mike Ilitch and Torii Hunter an odd couple, but the two are bound by something very powerful: An overwhelming desire to win a championship.
That desire was so strong and Hunter's belief in the Tigers so great that he had already decided that if the Los Angeles Angels didn't offer him a contract, he wanted to come to Detroit.
Torii Hunter is set to make one of baseball’s best lineups even better.
FOXSports.com Ken Rosenthal reports via Twitter that the veteran outfielder has agreed to a two-year deal with the Detroit Tigers, pending a physical. The decision was confirmed by multiple national baseball writers, and USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports via Twitter that the deal is worth $26 million.
After plenty of speculation and flirtatious behavior the past 24 hours, the Tigers finally came to terms with free agent Torii Hunter on a two-year, $26 million dollar contract which was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Last season the 37-year-old Hunter posted a .313/.365/.451 batting line with 16 home runs in 584 plate appearances in right field for the Angels.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports has reported that the Tigers have signed free agent outfielder Torii Hunter to a two-year contract, pending a physical. Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the deal is worth $26 million.
Hunter visited Detroit Tuesday, but reportedly left without receiving a contract offer.
The Tigers are expected to have the nine-time Gold Glover play right field...
Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Jeremy Affeldt has passed his physical, which was the final step in completing the 3-year ($18 million) deal. A formal announcement should be coming from the San Francisco Giants soon.
Multiple sources have told Schulman the Giants are fairly confident that they will sign infielder Marco Scutaro. The deal would likely...
At one point the Atlanta Braves had hopes of signing both Torii Hunter and B.J. Upton. With Hunter signing a two year deal with the Detroit Tigers, the Braves are turning their sights solely to Upton. The Braves have two spots to fill in the outfield thanks to Michael Bourn becoming a free agency and [...]
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