So what? He is still 37 and has slower reflexes and slower jumps. Arnold Schartzenegger lookd in good physical condition too when he was 50 but he needed oxygen after an action scene.
Looks do not dismiss OLD. Old is a fact of life and cannot be held back...it happens! Torii IS OLD.
".....Torii IS OLD."
So is your schtick about age....
The problem with Torii being the 4th outfielder is that 4th outfielders are used as a defensive replacement at times. I'm not sure Torii would be a better fielder than Wells, Trout or Bourjos.
I can see Torii effectively replacing Wells for a year, if Wells's struggles continue. It might give Calhoun another year of development, should he need it, too.
But as a fourth outfielder?????
Lets take that money and get some bullpen help.
"The problem with Torii being the 4th outfielder is that 4th outfielders are used as a defensive replacement at times."
Except when they're not. Abreu is technically the 4th OFer on this team (has already started in RF and LF), but he's not replacing anybody late in games.
The fourth OFer is just the guy who's not quite good enough to be a starter. Next year I would think it'd be more likely that Wells would be the fourth OFer behind Hunter, unless Hunter's age catches up with him even more.
Torii won't be here next season; he'll be riding off into the sunset.
This outfield WILL get young under DiPoto no matter how much Scioscia loves oldies.