Torii Hunter will give Los Angeles Angels new options

The former Twins center-fielder said he would have liked to stay in Minnesota.

;ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Vladimir Guerrero finally will have some protection in the batting order.

The Los Angeles Angels, who have been trying to land another strong hitter for several years, agreed to a five-year, $90 million deal Wednesday with free agent Torii Hunter, who hit .297 with 28 homers and drove in 107 runs for Minnesota this year.

The deal is subject to Hunter’s passing a physical.

A seven-time Gold Glove winner, the 32-year-old Hunter will be the everyday center fielder and hit in the middle of the lineup, making it tougher for opposing pitchers to pitch around Guerrero.

Although Hunter’s arrival seems to make last season’s center fielder, Gary Matthews Jr. odd man out in an outfield with Guerrero in right and Anderson in left, Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said it would give him more options.

He plans to rotate players at designated hitter and use Matthews to spell Guerrero and Anderson.

“Torii is going to be in center field virtually every day. Gary will be in the outfield almost every day, so the other two guys will split up the DH,” Scioscia said in a conference call.

“We want all four of those bats in the lineup.”