Found November 15, 2012 on
Monkey with a Halo:
Los Angeles Angels
New York Yankees
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 his leadership void. As for his spot in the lineup, the two-hole, that will be filled by...
Wait... who the hell is going to bat second for the Angels now? Umm, OK, maybe the Angels didn't quite plan for everything. They certainly have options to take over that spot, but none of them really seem like a perfect fit.
The common thought is Erick Aybar will get the first shot at hitting second. With his speed and bunting skills, Scioscia has been trying to jam him into the top of the order for years now anyway. Plus, as a switch-hitter, he breaks up the string of righties the Angels have littering the rest of the first half of the lineup. The only problem is that Aybar isn't exactly an on-base machine with a .320 career OBP. That's kind of a big deal. It is also the reason that he has never been able to stick in the top of the lineup. Frankly, it is probably for the best that Aybar doesn't earn the job because there is the great threat that Scioscia will constantly have him sac bunt to move Trout over, instead of just letting Trout steal the base which he can do, you know, without giving up an out.
The next most popular choice, the choice of the people, is Howie Kendrick. On paper, this seems like a good idea because Howie will supposedly feast on fastballs hitting between Trout and Pujols. The Angels actually tried that last season and Kendrick fell on his face... and then grounded into a doubleplay. Sorry, but Kendrick just isn't the kind of situational hitter that traditionalists prefer hitting second. Non-tradionalists really don't care, they just want the best hitters at the top of the order, a criteria that Kendrick doesn't necessarily fit either.
The least popular choice amongst the fans, but possibly the best actual choice is Alberto Callaspo. He has a marginally higher career OBP (.335) than Aybar and Kendrick, is also a switch-hitter, is a good situational hitter and is very difficult to strike out. What he isn't is clearly one of the team's best hitters and he really wasn't even that close.
The outside the box choice could be Peter Bourjos. He most definitely has the speed and pop you like to see in the two-hole, that is if he can hit like he did in 2011. If he is more of the 2012 version, then he is just an awful choice. As such, it probably makes sense for the Angels to give Speedy Petey a several weeks to prove himself and regain both his confidence and the confidence of the team before moving him up in the order. One way they might do that is by having him only bat second against southpaws, much as the Angels did with him in the leadoff spot late in the 2011 season.
There is also the possibility that the Angels could fill Hunter's vacated lineup spot with someone who isn't currently on the roster. By everything Jerry Dipoto is saying publicly, he is perfectly content with the current roster. But he has played possum on off-season moves before. Nick Swisher or Shin-Soo Choo would certainly be pretty ideal replacements for Hunter. Alas, that might just be wishful thinking on my part.
Of course, the Angels could drop Mike Trout down to second in the order to take better advantage of his power, but that creates the same problem, just one spot higher with the added wrinkle of not wanting to use a slower runner like Callaspo who would only clog up the bases for Trout.
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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...
Mike Trout‘s mother, Debbie, may have set the example for her son’s success. But she’s giving Torii Hunter credit for her son’s development, too.
When news broke that Hunter signed a two-year, $26 million deal with the Tigers, Debbie reached out to the former Angels outfielder and expressed her gratitude for offering guidance to Trout –– who was named the AL Rookie of...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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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