Torii Hunter, in the final year of a five-year, $90-million contract, would take a huge pay cut to remain with the Angels and promised that money "will not be an issue" in whether he returns in 2013.

"This is the only team I want to play for," said Hunter, who turned 37 on Wednesday. "If I'm not in their plans, no hard feelings. I've had a great time here. But money will not be the reason I'm not here."

It could be for the Angels, who have a $154-million payroll, an outfielder (Vernon Wells) with two more years and $42 million left on his contract and an attractive low-cost alternative in Peter Bourjos, who could team with Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo in the outfield for years to come.