So Long, Torii

We'll miss you, Torii.Minnesota Twins center fielder and fan favorite Torii Hunter filed for free agency Monday, breaking my heart and becoming one of the most sought-after players on the market this offseason.

The Twins have 15 days to make me a happy woman and negotiate exclusively with the six-time gold-glover, before he hits the open market on November 13th... which is the likely scenario.

Hunter has made it clear that he would love to keep playing with the Twins -- the team that drafted him as an 18-year-old boy in 1993 -- but they've found it nearly impossible to afford the five-year deal he is looking for.

Keeping him will cost the organization an arm and a leg, and considering it would suck to have only one arm and one leg, they won't be offering him a contract. With Johan Santana set to become a free agent after the 2008 season and my Canadian Crusher sure to see dollar signs in arbitration, they have to make some tough calls on who stays and who goes.

In his contract season, Torii had a career year at the plate, hitting .287 with 28 longballs and 107 RBIs.

In other Minnesota news, the club exercised dynamite closer Joe Nathan's 2008 option for $6 million and starting pitcher Carlos Silva filed for free agency, as well. Good riddance, buddy.

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Marea said...

(we knew it was coming but still...)
I'm going to need to get some strong anti-depressants.