Monday, November 26, 2007

Angels finally get lineup help for Vlad...

Vladimir Guerrero finally will have some protection in the batting order.

The Los Angeles Angels, who have been trying to land another strong hitter for several years, agreed to a five-year, $90 million deal Wednesday with free agent Torii Hunter, who hit .297 with 28 homers and drove in 107 runs for Minnesota this year. The deal is subject to Hunter's passing a physical. A seven-time Gold Glove winner, the 32-year-old Hunter will be the everyday center fielder and hit in the middle of the lineup, making it tougher for opposing pitchers to pitch around Guerrero.

He plans to rotate players at DH and use Gary Matthews Jr. to spell Guerrero and Anderson. "Torii is going to be in center field virtually every day. Gary will be in the outfield almost every day, so the other two guys will split up the DH," Scioscia said in a conference call. "We want all four of those bats in the lineup."

With Hunter gone, the low-budget Twins' attention turns to two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana. His contract expires after the 2008 season, and other teams think Minnesota will make him available if he doesn't agree to an extension.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

About dam time... Vlad's been trying all by himself to get them over the hump.

Anonymous said...

maccenty-

They may have too many in the outfield now however.. with Mathews Jr. someone is going to have to ride the pine a bit or be trade bait.

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ANGLES IN 08!!!!

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