Torii: Rival Dodgers 'making statement' with trade

Torii: Rival Dodgers 'making statement' with trade

Torii: Rival Dodgers 'making statement' with trade
DETROIT -- Sixteen years in the league, and Angels outfielder Torii Hunter still hasn't seen it all.

"I can't believe this happened," said Hunter, referring to the blockbuster trade the Dodgers and the Red Sox completed Saturday. "It's always something in baseball, man. You think you seen it all and bam, something else happens."

As a veteran, Hunter has seen many unexpected blockbuster deals completed. But those were all before the Trade Deadline. He couldn't recall a deal like this completed through August waivers.

"It's probably one of the biggest deals I've ever seen outside the Trade Deadline," he said. "You just don't see those caliber players and that much talent and that many dollars after the Trade Deadline."

By acquiring Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Nick Punto and Carl Crawford from the Red Sox for prospects and salary relief, the Dodgers are taking on more than $260 million dollars in payroll.

The Dodgers are three games behind the Giants in the National League West and 1 1/2 games behind St. Louis for a Wild Card Spot. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said the Dodgers are preparing a run.

"The Dodgers are definitely retooling from where they were in the beginning of the season," Scioscia said. "I think, obviously, as any team, you're going to do whatever you can to give yourself as much chance to reach all your goals."

Hunter said what they're also doing is sending a message out to their fans.

"They're going out there and spending money and letting the fans know, 'Hey, we're all about winning. And we're winning for years. Not just for next year. Not just this year.' They're trying to win for the next seven years," he said.

When the Clippers traded for Chris Paul -- especially after NBA Commissioner David Stern vetoed the original trade in which Paul went to the Lakers -- it sparked life into the Clippers-Lakers rivalry.

Hunter doesn't expect this to be quite as similar to that, but that's because he believes there already was a rivalry.

"It was before [the trade]," he said. "Every time we play those guys in our stadium or in their stadium, the red and blue was out. It was a lot of fun. They call it a rivalry then. But these guys are making a statement. They're trying to get it done.

"We did what we had to do this offseason with acquiring [ALbert] Pujols, C.J. [Wilson] and other players, and we got one of the best players in the country in Mike Trout. So these guys are trying to really prove a point and they're doing it."