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Los Angeles Angels right fielder Torii Hunter is in the final season of a five-year, $90 million contract. The way he's playing, Hunter is looking for one more payday.
The only problem is, it won't be at an average $18 million salary.
Hunter is currently hitting .309, a full 33 points above his career average, with 15 HR and 76 RBI. He still has an outside chance of hitting the 20 HR/90 RBI for the third time as an Angel, and the fifth consecutive season with at least 20 homers as an Angel as well.
Chances of re-signing with Angels: 40 percent. There is definitely a chance Hunter returns to Anaheim, but at a vastly reduced rate, somewhere in the neighborhood of a 50 percent pay cut. Whether or not he's willing to close out his career in Anaheim at that reduced rate is the question.
Money will likely not be an issue with Hunter, telling the Los Angeles Times in July that Anaheim is where he wants to be.
"This is the only team I want to play for," said Hunter. "If I'm not in their plans, no hard feelings. I've had a great time here. But money will not be the reason I'm not here."
"I'm 37—there's no way I'll make this salary. Arte (Moreno) will always give you what's fair. I owe him. If anybody is indebted to anybody, I am to Arte."