In regards to Hunter, Dierkes doesn't think the Angels "would take the risk" of him accepting their qualifying offer, which would make them ineligible to receive draft compensation if he were to sign elsewhere this winter.
In 140 games for the Angels in 2012, Hunter, 37, hit .313 with 16 home runs and 92 RBI with 38 walks and 133 strikeouts in 584 plate appearances. He earned $18 million in the final year of a five-year, $90 million contract he signed with the Angels before the 2008 season.
Hunter is an interesting player, and someone who could fit into the Mets' outfield equation. He is overvalued at $13.3 million at this stage of his career, but could be viewed as a bargain for less, should he hit the open market. If he doesn't return to Los Angeles (either through the qualifying offer or on a lesser deal), I wonder if Hunter would consider a move to New York on a short-term deal.
Hunter is no longer an centerfielder, but he is still a very good rightfielder, posting a UZR of 10.4 and a .989 fielding percentage there in 2012. Offensively, his home runs declined in 2012 but he is still a productive hitter, outputting the same number of doubles in 2012 as he did in 2011 in 65 fewer plate appearances. He is also a right-handed bat, which could help restore balance to their lineup.
Teams have until Friday at 5:00 pm ET to make qualifying qffers to their free agents. If a player is made a qualifying offer, they have until 5:00 pm ET on November 9 to accept or decline. If a team makes a qualifying offer to a player, they will receive compensation in the following year's first-year player draft, regardless of whether or not the player accepts the offer.
To learn more about qualifying offers, check out this post to MetsBlog from earlier this month.