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Angels rumors: LA hasn't closed door on re-signing Torii Hunter

Contrary to reports, Angels GM Jerry Dipoto hasn't closed the door on re-signing outfielder Torii Hunter.

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Contrary to a report by MLBTradeRumors.com yesterday, Los Angeles Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said the team hasn’t closed the door on re-signing free agent outfielder Torii Hunter, reports Jeff Fletcher of the OC Register:

"Finding a way to fit Torii in is a challenge, but we have been open that we want him back," general manager Jerry Dipoto said Thursday. "We haven’t closed the door on Torii and he hasn’t closed the door on us."

Hunter turned in another productive season for the Angels in 2012, but he’s 37 years old and won’t come cheap. Hunter made $18 million this season, but he’s said he’s willing to take a pay cut to re-sign with the Angels.

Los Angeles also has multiple outfield options already under contract for 2013, including Mike Trout, Peter Bourjos, Mark Trumbo and Vernon Wells.

While they’d like to retain Hunter, the Angels may instead focus much of their spending on their starting rotation, says Fletcher. Only Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson are signed for next year, as Zack Greinke is the top free agent starter on the market, and the team holds contract options for Dan Haren and Ervin Santana.