The Angels, as expected, did not make a 13.3-million qualifying offer to Torii Hunter by Fridays 2 p.m. deadline, a decision that does not preclude the veteran right fielder from returning to Anaheim but clearly reduces the chances.
The Angels can continue to negotiate with Hunter, but so can 29 other teams. After hitting .313 with 16 home runs and 92 runs batted in last season and carrying the Angels for much of September, there should be plenty of suitors for Hunter despite the fact hes 37.
And if Hunter, whose five-year, 90-million contract expired after the season, signs elsewhere, the Angels will not receive draft-pick compensation for him, which makes him more attractice to teams pursuing him in free agency.
"It's probably a bigger hurdle, yes," agent Larry Reynolds said when asked how much the move decreases the chances of Hunter returning to the Angels. "But Jerry Dipoto has been very straighforward with us. This is no surprise at all. We appreciate his no-nonsense approa...