Newly acquired Detroit Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter took to Twitter to voice his opinion of the Josh Hamilton deal today. After Hamilton was signed to a lucrative five year $125 million contract, Hunter had this to say:
- “I was told money was tight but I guess the Arte had money hidden under a mattress. Business is business but don’t lie”
Hunter was referring to Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim owner Arte Moreno, who failed to offer free agent Hunter a new deal in the off-season. Instead of getting a deal with the Angels, the longtime MLB veteran outfielder signed a two year deal with the Tigers for $26 million. Of course, Hunter is getting paid $13 million, about half the price of Hamilton’s $25 million yearly average.
Later on, Hunter backed off a little bit posting the following tweets:
- “Great signing for the Angels. One the best players in baseball.”
- “Just keeping it real”
- “I’m not upset just have fun with it”
Perhaps the day’s two best tweets regarding Hunter’s anger came from other people:
- Hunter’s son Torii Hunter Jr. had the following to say that was later retweeted by his father, “Giving my angels gear to goodwill so I can make room for my Tigers gear. Gotta rock that Old English “D” now.!”
- Dick Vitale, sports analyst, replied to Hunter’s first tweet with, “u r better off the Tigers will be really good + not far from ND – can see your son” referring to Hunter Jr. who is attending Notre Dame to play football.
Last season, the Angels spent millions of dollars to create a super team, a trend that is continuing this off-season. The Angels missed the 2012 playoffs, but are now the favorites to win the 2013 World Series.
In 2012, Hunter had one of his best statistical seasons. The outfielder had 81 runs, 16 home runs, 92 RBIS and 9 stolen bases in 140 games played. Hunter’s batting average off .313 was the highest of his career. In his career, Hunter is a .277 hitter and will most likely be the second batter for the Tigers, hitting between Austin Jackson and Miguel Cabrera.
The Tigers travel to Los Angeles to take on the Angels April 19th-21st in a three game series during the first month of the 2013 season. In June the Angels will also come to Detroit to play a three game series. In those six games, Hunter has a chance to back up his words and prove to Moreno that he made a big mistake in letting him go. As a Tigers fan, I know Hunter was a good signing and will be part of the team that leads to three straight AL Central titles.