It’s official. Torii Hunter is not longer an Angel. Earlier today, Ken Rosenthal reported that Hunter reached an agreement on a two-year deal with the Detroit Tigers.
Hunter spent five seasons with the Halos, putting together a .286/.352/.462 line over just under 3,000 plate appearances. Add in Hunter’s unquantifiable off-the-field contributions, and it looks like his contract (five years, $90M) was well worth the investment.
It looks like the Angels have a plan to shuffle the outfield, perhaps playing Mark Trumbo in right field full-time and using Peter Bourjos in center or left. Another move wouldn’t be out of the question, but the Halos are probably best served to focus on pitching needs right now.
Here’s something that a Bourjos fan group just posted on Facebook:
I’m guessing that this is a bittersweet moment for Bourjos, who could see an uptick in play time, but loses a valued teammate. With Hunter officially gone, you have to wonder which domino will fall next.