Torii Hunter rips Angels for willingness to spend for Josh Hamilton and not him

Torii-Hunter-AngelsThe Los Angeles Angels made yet another enormous offseason splash on Thursday by reportedly signing Josh Hamilton to a five-year, $125 million deal. Last winter, the Angels locked down the best hitter on the free agent market by bringing Albert Pujols aboard. They did the same this year by aggressively pursuing Hamilton and giving him the fifth year that many teams were hesitant to offer.

While Angels fans salivate at the thought of the middle of their lineup being anchored by Pujols, Hamilton and Mike Trout, at least one person was miffed by the signing. Check out the tweet Torii Hunter sent out when the news was announced on Thursday afternoon:

Despite the fact that he was still extremely productive in 2012 (.313 average, 16 homers and 92 RBI), L.A. and owner Arte Moreno decided not to bring their All-Star rightfielder back. If his tweet is any indication, Hunter was told the Angels couldn’t afford to re-sign him. He instead signed a two-year, $26 million deal with the Detroit Tigers.

Minutes after sending the bitter tweet about L.A.’s front office, Hunter changed his tune and praised them for the Hamilton signing.

He also added that he is not upset and was simply having fun. While I’m sure Hunter is excited to join the defending AL champions, there is likely some truth behind his comment about Moreno. All players will tell you that professional sports are a business, but veterans who were with a team for many seasons often feel they are an exception to the rule — whether they admit it or not. Hunter’s tongue-in-cheek comment would seem to indicate he is surprised he was treated like just another player.

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  • Gene

    Torii Hunter was a class act here.  I am sorry that he didn’t just leave well enough alone, since the Tigers took good care of him.

    Things have changed for the Angels since Hunter signed with Detroit.  The Dodgers outbid them for Greinke (for whom they maybe had set aside big bucks) and Hamilton, encountering a lukewarm free agent market, was being courted by Texas, the Angels’ chief AL West rival (apologies to Oakland).  

  • http://twitter.com/guccijones71 Kennie Jones

    Tori just play ball and help the Tigers get back to the fall classic…GO BLUE!

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Good point. It’s quite possible the money they had was earmarked for Greinke, and once they lost on him, they went in Hamilton’s direction.

  • pbsambo

    No doudt Tory Hunter is a great ballplayer but there is no comparison to Hamilton. I’m not an Agels fan but Hamilton is superior to hunter at this time.