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Sunday, December 4th, 2016

IS TORII HUNTER WORTH IT?

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Jerry Crasnick reports on ESPN.com:

Several media outlets have estimated that Hunter will sign a five- or six-year deal for a salary of about $15 million per year — with Chicago the apparent frontrunner at the moment.

During the recent general managers’ meetings in Orlando, Fla., ESPN.com asked 15 front office executives if they would prefer Jones or Hunter as a center field option. Fourteen respondents chose Hunter, and one official said he would be content with either player.

So do you pay 15 mill a year for 5 or 6 years to a 32-year old centerfielder?

Hunter will hit for power. He has won 7 consecutive Gold Gloves. But last year was his best year offensively since 2002. In a contract year, surprise, surprise. I’m a huge fan. And maybe it’s just the price of doing business, both the amount and the term of the deal. But that deal makes me a bit uneasy.

I might see if I could go and get Andruw Jones for a bargain instead. Scott Boras claims there is no way Jones will sign a 1-year deal. That’s fine. Jones won’t be 31 until the end of April. My guess is he will perform as well or better than Torii Hunter on a deal that would cover less years and less dollars.

Jones is going to pick it (10 Gold Gloves), draw his walks and crank 30 homers somewhere next year. He may hit 40. Or 50. Hunter is not going to do that.

Would you offer Jones 2 years and $25 million? 3 and 30? I would. On either side of town here in Chicago he’d fit fine.

  • PV

    Well, sure, I would offer Jones 2 and 25 or 3 and 30, but there’s no way Boras would take it. And since it’s the Sox, there’s no way they’ll even deal with Boras anyway.

    That being said, I do agree with your main point – I’m a big Hunter fan, but that kinda deal is not worth it. Though, if it happens, he can have a nice dinner with Soriano, when they’re both 38, on the DL, and making $35 mil combined.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    LOL

    So do you think Jones will get a similar deal?

  • dhaab

    Another potential free agent contract that Zoner doesn’t like. So what else is new?
    With the modern day economics of professional sports, especially MLB, you simply have to overpay to acquire good players. That’s just the way it is. Look at pretty much every signing the Cubs made last season. They gave too much money for too many years to every single player they signed. But it helped them win their division and make the playoffs.

    As for Hunter and Jones, I think Hunter will obviously get the better deal with more years, but there’s no way Boras allows Jones to sign something for less than 3 years, unless the deal is for over 14 or 15 million per year. I think the best player right now is Hunter, but if you’d have asked me that question a year ago, I would have said Jones.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    With the modern day economics of professional sports, especially MLB, you simply have to overpay to acquire good players. That’s just the way it is.

    Yeah, and I mentioned that too, as I do in every post about free agent deals. I like the player, I don’t like the contract.

    Interesting component of this whole thing: Aaron Rowand played in 161 games last year!!! Perhaps Kenny is just bidding up Hunter to get Rowand back at a cheaper price.

    They need a leadoff hitter big time.

  • dhaab

    Too late, Kenny. Torii goes to the Angels for 5 years and 60 million.

    And I know you mentioned that in your post, but if it really is “the price of doing business”, then why always say it’s not a good deal? Free agent signings are ALL pretty much bad deals these days. Look at this one for Hunter. Hunter will probably be a shell of himself in 3 years, let alone 5.

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