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Angels don't extend qualifying offer to Torii Hunter

The veteran outfielder is free to sign with any club he chooses after not receiving a $13.3 million qualifying offer.

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The Los Angeles Angels decided against offering Torii Hunter a one-year qualifying offer on Friday, making him a free agent. This year's qualifying offer was $13.3 million, which is about $6 million less than what they paid him in 2012. According to Mike DiGiovanna, there were little-to-no negotiations between the two parties.

Hunter, 37, is arguably coming off the best offensive season of his career, batting .313 with a .826 OPS. His defense remained strong while appearing in 140 games, which was the fewest since 2009.

Here is what Hunter had to say about the decision. Sounds like a man who might be ready for a change, no?

Hunter described the chances of him returning to the Angels next season (and beyond) as "fair," although the club's chances were dwindling. There is a talented class of free agent outfielders on the market this offseason, although Hunter has to be one of the more appealing choices out there.