The first significant free agent changed teams Wednesday -- Torii Hunter to the Tigers for two years and $26 million -- less than 24 hours after FOXSports.com reported news of the Marlins-Blue Jays blockbuster.
After the midweek whirlwind, it's time to take stock of what the moves mean for a number of parties in the offseason marketplace.
The Tigers needed Hunter -- for his defense in right field, for his ability to hit left-handed pitching, for his energy, enthusiasm and clubhouse leadership. His presence (and bat) is what they missed in the World Series against San Francisco. In classic Dave Dombrowski style, the team addressed its need early in the offseason.
Hunter maintained an .868 OPS against lefties this season, a skill that should come in great handy for a Detroit team that went just 26-25 against southpaw starters this year. (The Tigers' susceptibility to lefties was laid bare on the global stage when they struggled against Barry Zito and Madison Bumgar...