Is Tigers’ Torii Hunter Bitter Over Josh Hamilton Deal?
DETROIT (CBS Detroit) Is Torii Hunter bitter over the lack of an offer from the Los Angeles Angels? It sure looked like it on Twitter Thursday afternoon.
Hunter, 37, who seemed overjoyed to join the Detroit Tigers this fall, Tweeted: “I was told money was tight, but I guess the Arte had money hidden under a mattress. Business is business but don’t lie.”
His Tweet came following news the Angels offered Josh Hamilton a five-year $125 million deal.
Under owner Arte Moreno, the Angels failed to come through with a $13.3-million “qualifying offer” to Hunter after his his five-year, $90-million contract expired in October. “I feel that they want me back,” Hunter had said in late September, according to the Los Angeles Times.
But the deal didn’t happen and Hunter signed with the Tigers, saying he was proud to be part of the team and looked forward to getting a World Series ring. He has a $26 million, two-year deal with the team.
“To win it all, they’re just like me. They don’t know what it feels like,” Hunter said when he was officially introduced by the team. “If there’s no failure, there’s no progress. These guys are hungry for it.”
After comments started pouring into him on Twitter, basically saying he’s better off in Detroit, Hunter changed his tune to one more upbeat, writing: “I’m not upset just have fun with it” and “Great signing for the Angels, one of the best players in baseball.”
I was told money was tight but I guess the Arte had money hidden under a Mattress. Business is business but don't lie.—
Torii Hunter (@toriihunter48) December 13, 2012