Thursday, November 22, 2007

Mighty, Mighty Angels

Bad News for the Mariners

It was just announced on that the Los Angeles Angels just agreed to a 5-year contract with free agent center fielder Torii Hunter. The deal is reportedly worth between $80-90 million.

I dunno if a single baseball analyst saw this move coming. Hunter was supposed to end up a Texas Ranger or with the Chicago White Sox, with the Twins, Dodgers and Royals as long shots, but the Angels? The same Angels that already have quality outfielders in Vladimir Guerrero, Garret Anderson, Juan Rivera, Gary Matthews and Reggie Willits? If this move proves anything it's that Miguel Cabrera may very well be on his way. This move now gives Los Angeles the power to throw Willits, Rivera or a number of other players into the Cabrera deal to make it happen.

Just imagine a lineup now with Figgins and Matthews setting the table, Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera, Vlad Guerrero and Garret Anderson (DHing). It could be the hardest lineup in baseball to deal with. The Angels were already one of the best teams in baseball, but if they add Cabrera then the Mariners, A's and Rangers will all be competing for the Wild Card.

P.S. Happy Thanksgiving!

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