The Los Angeles Angels sign Torii Hunter

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page by chinmusic on Friday 23 November 2007 at 10:37 am

The Angels have signed Torii Hunter to a 5-year, $90 million dollar contract. The 32-year ond center fielder played in 160 games last season for the Twins and he was 172 for 600 (.287 avg, .839 OPS) with 94 runs scored, 28 homers, 107 RBIs and 18 stolen bases. Adding Hunter likely means that the Angels will look to move Gary Matthews in a trade this off-season because he makes too much money to sit on the bench. Hunter has now played in 1,234 games in his major league career and he is 1,218 for 4,492 (.271 avg, .793 OPS) with 672 runs scored, 192 homers, 711 RBIs and 126 stolen bases. He also is probably the best defensive center fielder in the game.

The Los Angeles Angels acquire Jon Garland from the White Sox for Orlando Cabrera

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page by chinmusic on Tuesday 20 November 2007 at 10:06 pm

The Angels have acquired righty starter Jon Garland from the White Sox for Orlando Cabrera. This was a good move by the Angels to get value for Cabrera who was coming off of a career season in which he hit .301 (.742 OPS) with 101 runs scored, 8 homers, 86 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. The Angels will likely open up the position for battle in Spring Training between Maicer Izturis or Erick Aybar. The Angels will likely suffer on offense but the defense should at least be equal to last season. Also, the Angels are trying to make a move for a big hitter (Miguel Cabrera?) which will easily help off-set losing Orlando Cabrera. Garland will step right into the #4 spot in the rotation for the Angels and he’s a pretty good one. Look for him to benefit from moving away from Chicago’s launching pad. Last season, Garland started 32 games and he was 10-13 with a 4.23 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. For his career to date, Garland has pitched in 246 games (233 starts) and he is 92-81 with a 4.41 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. This was a good old fashioned baseball trade that will likely help both teams.

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