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Can I Have Two Crunchy Tacos And A Side Of Torii Hunter, Please?

Move Over Tacoby, There Are Others In The Taco GameMorton’s Steakhouse? Capital Grille? Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse? Those are so old school. Next time you are going to sit down with an owner to sign a multi-million dollar deal for your client, do it at a fast food joint! That’s the setting for Torii Hunter’s contractual negotiations.

Larry Reynolds of Reynolds Sports Management does not care where the signing takes place, as long as his clients are justly compensated. The Anaheim Angels ended up giving Hunter a 5-year $90 million contract, which is the highest valued contract in Angels history [Angels’ special order filled in Corona].

So where do you ink the largest contract in Angels history? At a Del Taco, of course! Reynolds and the Angels GM finished up the deal at a local hotel. I am sure that no one was actively searching for either party in either locales. I actually find it warming that two people could negotiate such an important deal in a comfortable setting. Negotiations should not be adversarial, but where both sides give a little to one another before an amicable deal is created.

Here is Hunter’s take on the contract negotiations between his agent and the Angels GM:

“I always imagined my deal would get done inside a board room or a Capital Grille. Turns out it was done at a Del Taco. Can you believe it? The deal gets done over some tacos.

Must have been the best tasting Tacos in Larry Reynolds’ life.

As a side note, the Minnesota Twins are looking to fill their taco void by trading Johan Santana for Tacoby Bellsbury and others.

-Darren Heitner

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.