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Free agent outfielder Torii Hunter was in Detroit Tuesday to meet with Tigers officials, major-league sources told FOXSports.com. The team -- like Hunter -- is desperately trying to win the World Series
The Tigers won the American League this year with a convincing sweep of the New York Yankees but lost to the San Francisco Giants in similar fashion, showing a glaring vulnerability to left-handed pitching. Hunter could address that weakness, after totaling an .868 OPS against lefties with the Angels this season.
Hunter, 37, proved this season that he's still capable of handling right field on an everyday basis. He would play there in Detroit, alongside elite defender Austin Jackson in center field and a left fielder to be determined (probably Avisail Garcia, Andy Dirks, or Brennan Boesch).
Hunter has earned more than $130 million in his career, according to Baseball-Reference.com, meaning the elusive World Series ring is a greater priority than ever. He has a .305 batting average in 34 postseason games with the Twins and Angels but has yet to play in the Fall Classic.
Hunter is known as a vocal clubhouse leader -- the sort of presence the Tigers lacked this season without the injured Victor Martinez, who is expected to return in 2013. In an interview on MLB Network before he was announced as the AL Rookie of the Year Monday, Angels outfielder Mike Trout singled out Hunter as the veteran whose wisdom he most often sought.
At one point, it was assumed that Hunter preferred to play in the Los Angeles market or closer to his home in the Dallas area. But he's familiar with the AL Central, having begun his career with the Twins and nearly signing with the Kansas City Royals five years ago.
Hunter also has incentive to play in the Midwest, now that his son, Torii Jr., has committed to play football at Notre Dame. Detroit is approximately three and a half hours away from South Bend, Ind.
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The first big free agent is off the board.
Right fielder Torii Hunter reached agreement Wednesday with the Detroit Tigers on a two-year contract, according to major-league sources.
The deal, pending a physical, will give the American League champions a new No. 2 hitter, boosting an offense that will receive an additional lift next season if designated hitter Victor Martinez makes...
Torii Hunter is looking for a new home, and the free agent plans to make his decision on where he will play next season within the next two weeks, Mark Saxson of ESPNLosAngeles.com reports.
The Tigers so far have been the most aggressive, offering Hunter a potential two-year deal with an everyday role. The Yankees have also shown serious interest, with the Rangers and Dodgers trailing...
Veteran outfielder Torii Hunter has garnered his fair share of attention thus far this offseason with a handful of teams interested in his services. The Red Sox, Dodgers, Yankees, Rangers and Braves have all expressed heavy interest in the free agent Hunter however the Tigers appear to of taken a very interesting position in the race.
According to Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network...
Per numerous reports, the Tigers have signed free agent outfielder Torii Hunter to a two-year, $26 million deal. Hunter visited with the Tigers on Tuesday.
Tuesday morning news broke that free agent outfielder Torii Hunter, a 37-year-old, nine-time gold glove winner was in town meeting with the Detroit Tigers on a possible deal that would bring him to the Motor City.
Sources: Free agent outfielder Torii Hunter is meeting with #Tigers officials in Detroit today. @mlbonfox
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 13, 2012
Hunter who is coming...
The seemingly inevitable signing of Torii Hunter with the Detroit Tigers has been completed. Hunter has agreed to a two-year deal with the Tigers, and will make $26 million. Earlier today, Garrett explored Hunter's popularity on the free agent market in comparison to Josh Hamilton, Michael Bourn, and Nick Swisher.
With the Angels last season, Hunter amassed 5.3 fWAR, the...
What's that sound you're hearing?
It's a rumbling...
Something's about to happen...
Oh, I recognize that. That's Cody Ross' asking price skyrocketing.
And you're hearing it because 37-year old outfielder Torii Hunter has agreed to a two-year, $26 million contract with the Detroit Tigers. It's not actually a bad deal for Detroit, despite Torii...
Torii Hunter is set to make one of baseball’s best lineups even better.
FOXSports.com Ken Rosenthal reports via Twitter that the veteran outfielder has agreed to a two-year deal with the Detroit Tigers, pending a physical. The decision was confirmed by multiple national baseball writers, and USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports via Twitter that the deal is worth $26 million.
After plenty of speculation and flirtatious behavior the past 24 hours, the Tigers finally came to terms with free agent Torii Hunter on a two-year, $26 million dollar contract which was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Last season the 37-year-old Hunter posted a .313/.365/.451 batting line with 16 home runs in 584 plate appearances in right field for the Angels.
Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Jeremy Affeldt has passed his physical, which was the final step in completing the 3-year ($18 million) deal. A formal announcement should be coming from the San Francisco Giants soon.
Multiple sources have told Schulman the Giants are fairly confident that they will sign infielder Marco Scutaro. The deal would likely...
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports has reported that the Tigers have signed free agent outfielder Torii Hunter to a two-year contract, pending a physical. Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the deal is worth $26 million.
Hunter visited Detroit Tuesday, but reportedly left without receiving a contract offer.
The Tigers are expected to have the nine-time Gold Glover play right field...
Carrying over the previous thread (and this is over a few days, so some of the news is from Monday).
- Open letter to TSE, dude, you gotta start making some specific recommendations. You’re turning away readers. I implore you, suggest a few actual deals. Everyone who reads knows that I let just about anything go here, other than cursing, but I don’t want to lose readers. On the...