|Outfielder Torii Hunter and the Los Angeles Angels reach preliminary agreement on 5-year deal|
|Written by Admin|
|Thursday, 22 November 2007 01:49|
The agreement is subject to a physical.
``They play the game the right way,'' Hunter said. ``They play hard-nosed baseball.''
The 32-year-old becomes the much-needed hitter the Angels sought to protect Vladimir Guerrero in the batting order. Hunter hit .297 with 28 homers and 107 RBIs for the Minnesota Twins this year and is a seven-time Gold Glove winner.
``Not only is he an outstanding ballplayer but he's also an outstanding human being. He'll impact our ballclub and community in a very positive way,'' new Angels general manager Tony Reagins said.
Two days earlier, the Angels traded Gold Glove shortstop Orlando Cabrera to the Chicago White Sox for pitcher Jon Garland.
With Guerrero in right and Garret Anderson in left, the move leaves no space in the starting outfield for Gary Matthews Jr., who played center field this year. The Angels said he could see time at designated hitter at spell the corner outfielders.
Matthews was sent human growth hormone in 2004 from a pharmacy being investigated for illegal distribution of performance-enhancing drugs, The Times Union of Albany, N.Y., reported last winter. Matthews denied using HGH, which was not banned by baseball for players with major league contracts until 2005.