The Associated Press and the Star Tribune have reported that Torii Hunter's $12 million option for the 2007 season has been picked up. In all honesty, I felt like I would have been happy either way. That is, I would have understood if they let him go, since Hunter is not really a $12 million player the way Johan Santana is and we may see a potentially huge decline in the next year or so.
At the same time, no logical repclaments exist for the Twins, in their system or in free agency, and all reports suggest Hunter to be a great clubhouse guy and integral to their chemistry. In the wake of Derek Jeter's classless act of non-leadership with the A-Rod affair, I have recently questioned the idea of "clubhouse" leader, but Hunter is certainly an important guy, but having Santana, Mike Redmond, and others in that clubhouse is probably just as important.
All things being equal, I'm fairly happy with the decision. Hunter is a true Twin who does play the game hard, even if that results in catostrophic events like that of Game Two, and his heart is always in the game and with his teammates. With Radke gone next year, we need guys like that just because the Twins can't be as competitive if they don't show the same fire they did from June on this year.