The Detroit Tigers are very close to winning a World Series, and they have proven that they will do whatever it takes to get the job done over the next couple of years. Torii Hunter is a free agent who wants to win a World Series within the next couple of years, as his illustrious career is drawing to a close. Is it just me, or is this a logical fit for the Tigers to sign Hunter to a two year deal?
Detroit already stated that they would not be bringing back Delmon Young, who was the hero of the postseason for the Tigers in each of the last two seasons. Losing him will leave a hole in the middle of their lineup, and they will need a right handed hitter to replace him. Signing Hunter could fit that need, as well as giving the Tigers a defensive upgrade, which is something they could certainly use.
The bottom line is that the Tigers will have to act fast when it comes to signing Hunter. Many are reporting that Detroit is currently the most aggressive team in pursuing Hunter, but they are not alone. Many top contenders are after the former Los Angeles Angels outfielder, including the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves. Hunter would like to sign with his new team right around Thanksgiving, meaning he could pick his next destination within the next week or two.
It seems that while a few of those other teams may also be a good fit for Hunter, the best fit for him is with the Tigers. He is great in the clubhouse and works well with young outfielders. The Tigers could use a mentor in their outfield, and Hunter would be the ideal candidate.
But it would also work out well for Hunter. He still wants to play, and he really wants to win. Those are two things that he could accomplish by signing with the Tigers, even more so than if he were to join any of the other aforementioned teams. He may win, but he may not receive quite as much playing time.
Signing with Detroit certainly makes the most sense for Hunter, so, hopefully, the Tigers will make that happen.
If anyone can do it, I have the utmost faith in Tigers’ general manager, Dave Dombrowski. Just look at what he has done in his time in Detroit.
Why not add one or two more key pieces this offseason that could finally help Detroit win its first World Series since 1984?
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