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MLB Today: Torii Hunter Will Get More Rest

March 31, 2012 | By RotoRob | comment on this post
Jamie Moyer has made the Colorado Rockies rotation.
Jamie Moyer is too old to drive anymore, but he has a rotation spot.

Torii Hunter wound up playing 156 games last season – his highest total since 2007, which was his final season as a Twin. Don’t expect the 36-year-old flyhawk to see that much action again this season considering the logjam the Angels have all over the field – especially in the OF/1B/DH areas.

Through the first four seasons of the five-year, $90-million deal Hunter signed to join the Angels, he’s accumulated a WAR of 12.5 which compares favourably to the 11.3 he totaled over his final four seasons in Minnesota.

A three-time All-Star, Hunter is getting old enough now to have a son that’s a coveted multi-sport high school athlete.

With top prospect Mike Trout needing a place to play, this season is the end of the line for Hunter in Anaheim, but it’s a run that’s been surprisingly productive.

Quick Hits

  • Oakland, which has desperately been trying to shake some offensive life into its team the past few years, had gone 17 innings without a run before piling on four runs after the sixth inning Thursday to earn a split of its two-game set in Japan against the Mariners. The fact that all four runs came via the long ball was a promising sign for a team that languished near the bottom of the majors in homers last year. I’m not sure we can really extract any conclusive take-aways from a series being played on the other side of the world, but the dinger onslaught had to be a pleasant sight for longer-suffering A’s fans.
  • Jamie Moyer, one of the Rockies’ head-scratching additions this winter after a summer of “we’re rebuilding” morphed into a winter of “we’re adding as many old, broken down pieces as we can,” has not only made the rotation, but will start Colorado’s second game of the season. Yes, he’s 49. And no, you should not consider him for your Fantasy team unless you’re in an extremely deep NL-only league. And even then, I might opt for someone younger, like, say, Zsa Zsa Gabor.

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