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Torii Hunter Interested in the Braves

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  • Torii Hunter Interested in the Braves

    Originally posted by MLBtraderumors.com
    Hunter Interested In Nationals, Braves

    MLB.com's Bill Ladson had an exclusive conversation with Torii Hunter tonight. Nicely done Bill!

    Ladson learned that Hunter is interested in playing for the Nationals or Braves because of the large African American populations in D.C. and Atlanta. Hunter would like to be a leader in the community. This is an interesting factor to consider when trying to guess Hunter's next destination. Detroit, Baltimore, St. Louis, and Cleveland have large African American populations as well. However, the Tigers and Indians don't need a center fielder.

    Another reason Hunter likes the Nats is the presence of his buddy Dmitri Young. Dmitri is the gift that just keeps on giving.

    Also consider that Hunter said he's thought about playing for his hometown Rangers "a lot a bit." And the Twins might still make a reasonable four-year offer. But remember that Hunter has expressed a "burning curiosity" to explore the open market. He's certainly keeping his options open - it's definitely too early to call this one. A wrinkle for the Braves besides the money would be losing the 18th overall pick next June to the Twins.
    Originally posted by Bill Ladson MLB.com
    Hunter interested in joining Nationals
    Twins' potential free agent-to-be has close ties with Young


    WASHINGTON -- After the World Series comes to an end, Twins outfielder Torii Hunter is expected to file for free agency, and he said on Wednesday that he has an interest in playing for the Nationals because of his close relationship with first baseman Dmitri Young.

    Young and Hunter have known each other since the early 1990s, when Young played with Hunter's cousin, Basil Shabazz, in the Cardinals' Minor League system.

    In fact, before the trade deadline in July, Hunter campaigned for the Twins to pick up Young for the pennant stretch, but the Nationals ended up signing Young to a two-year extension.

    "I want to watch and see what's going on. I'm interested [in going] anywhere," Hunter said by phone on Wednesday. "Dmitri Young makes it very interesting. I've always wanted to play with Dmitri. He has been one of my buddies since I was 18 years old. I used to watch those guys play and hang out. I've known him a long time."

    Hunter also said that Washington's large African-American population is a factor in his interest in playing for the Nationals, as he would like to be a leader in the community. Hunter said the Braves have also piqued his interest, for the same reason.

    "I always talk to my wife about being interested in playing in front of the African-American fans and trying to get the African Americans back to playing the game," he said. "If I go to Atlanta or D.C. and make a difference that way, I would love it. Trust me -- D.C. is very interesting to me as well as Atlanta."

    Hunter, considered one of the best defensive center fielders in baseball, has won six consecutive Gold Gloves and helped the Twins reach the postseason four times this decade. He is coming off a season in which he hit .287 with 28 home runs and a career-high 107 RBIs for Minnesota.

    But even though the Nationals are looking for a center fielder, can they afford Hunter? Though the team has not ruled out signing free agents, team president Stan Kasten said during a luncheon with the local beat writers more than a month ago that the organization would not pay outrageous prices.

    Hunter declined to say how much he was seeking.

    "I can't tell you [how much money] it will take to come to Washington -- not as a free agent," he said. "What's fair is fair. That's all that matters. That's one of many teams I will be watching. With Dmitri Young over there, it makes it very interesting."
    What are your thoughts on getting Hunter? I know it is unlikely because that would mean Tex is gone but would you take Hunter over Tex?
    Extend Prado!!!

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    That's like choosing between a Jaguar and a Trans Am.

    Torrii Hunter is 31 years old and just came off what is arguably the best year of his career, so he would probably fall back down to his career norms, which aren't particularly great. His home/road splits are practically even in his career.

    Mark Teixeira, on the other hand, is 27 and arguably entering his prime, and that's really all that needs to be said. Plus, there is the little matter of the Braves investing so much in him. I'd rather have Teixeira one year and two months than two months, thanks.
    46 wins to match last year's total

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    • #3
      No Thanks

      I would rather have Texeria any day.

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      • #4
        I can't imagine anyone wanting Hunter over Tex, but Tex's agent is Scott Boras so you know what's coming. If you can get Hunter at a competitive price you might be better off signing him and immediately trading Tex at his max value.
        Buck O'Neil: The Monarch of Baseball

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        • #5
          i don't see how you can even consider giving tex away now. like sam said, after all the braves spent on him (in prospects). we do need a CF but not at the expense of making 1B a black hole again.

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          • #6
            Just so everyone knows I agree with you guys that we shouldn't give up Tex for Hunter. Just wanted to post this info and see what you guys thought.
            Extend Prado!!!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by KCGHOST View Post
              I can't imagine anyone wanting Hunter over Tex, but Tex's agent is Scott Boras so you know what's coming. If you can get Hunter at a competitive price you might be better off signing him and immediately trading Tex at his max value.
              But the Braves will probably have enough money to re-sign Teixeira for 2009 and beyond. I wouldn't mind having him take up a chunk of payroll because the man's the real deal.
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              • #8
                I'll join the sung ki jung fan club...i'm korean also. I never heard of him before but his numbers are ridiculous.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by AznInvasion View Post
                  I'll join the sung ki jung fan club...i'm korean also. I never heard of him before but his numbers are ridiculous.
                  Cool I am Korean also and just learned that he returned to the Braves after serving his mandatory military service. He looks like a good side arm reliever.
                  Last edited by PureBaseballFan; 10-18-2007, 03:48 PM.
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                  • #10
                    Hm. I'd like to see what he does in the upper levels. Any deceptive delivery like Moylan's is a plus.
                    46 wins to match last year's total

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                    • #11
                      I'll take Tex. I'd hate to see a 2007 Andruw Jones-esque year from Torii Hunter.
                      2nd member of the Peter Moylan Fan Club

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Atlanta Braves Freak View Post
                        I'll take Tex. I'd hate to see a 2007 Andruw Jones-esque year from Torii Hunter.
                        Not to mention the money we would have to spend to get that.
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                        • #13
                          they can keep both if they play their cards right. Edgar Renteria has a $11 million option for '09 that the braves may not pick up so they can use that to throw at Tex along with any raises the owner will give them

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by thegame4219 View Post
                            they can keep both if they play their cards right. Edgar Renteria has a $11 million option for '09 that the braves may not pick up so they can use that to throw at Tex along with any raises the owner will give them
                            Keep who? If you mean Hunter and Teixeira, that's impossible. With the way that Boras is driving up the market to line his pockets, the Braves are going to have to put all their eggs in the Teixeira basket. Otherwise, the trade will have been a waste.

                            I'd rather the Braves sign Kosuke Fukudome and take a chance on him. He's coming off arm surgery and we all know how much Japanese players' power disappears when they come to play in Major League Baseball. That's how I feel about Hunter in a nutshell.
                            46 wins to match last year's total

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by SamtheBravesFan View Post
                              Keep who? If you mean Hunter and Teixeira, that's impossible. With the way that Boras is driving up the market to line his pockets, the Braves are going to have to put all their eggs in the Teixeira basket. Otherwise, the trade will have been a waste.

                              I'd rather the Braves sign Kosuke Fukudome and take a chance on him. He's coming off arm surgery and we all know how much Japanese players' power disappears when they come to play in Major League Baseball. That's how I feel about Hunter in a nutshell.
                              I like Fukudome but I see him more as a LF or a RF so that really doesn't solve the CF problem.

                              I think the likely answer might be Coco Crisp. The Braves went after him last year when they were discussing the Andruw Jones trade and I believe again in last offseason. He will make 5.75 million but I think they could get the Red Sox pay at least half with the right trade combo.
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