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Torii Hunter | Outfielder

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (39) / 7/18/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 218
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Torii Hunter is not in the Twins starting lineup for Saturday's matchup against the White Sox.
It's nothing more than a day of rest for the veteran outfielder being a day game after a night game. Shane Robinson is drawing the start in right field in his absence. Apr 11 - 11:01 AM

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Torii Hunter struck out once in three hitless at-bats in Wednesday's loss to the Tigers.

He wasn't alone, as the Twins manager just four hits -- three singles -- and no runs against Anibal Sanchez and the Tigers' bullpen. Hunter is now 0-for-7 with three strikeouts in his first two games in his return to Minnesota. The Twins are the second team in major league history to play with a designated hitter and be shut out in their first two games of the season.
Apr 8 - 4:21 PM

Torii Hunter will hit cleanup for the Twins in their season opener on Monday against the Tigers.

We'd like to see Kennys Vargas -- who is batting fifth -- in the spot, but manager Paul Molitor had indicated all spring that the No. 4 hole would be Hunter's. The 39-year-old hasn't been used in the cleanup spot since 2012 when he was with the Angels. The Twins are also starting the left-handed-hitting Jordan Schafer in center field versus southpaw David Price. Yikes.
Apr 5 - 12:38 PM

Torii Hunter hit a three-run homer Tuesday as part of the Twins' 6-5 defeat of the Blue Jays.

Hunter needs to pick it up; he's working on a streak of seven straight exhibition seasons with at least a .300 average. Right now, he's at .269 through 29 at-bats. The homer, hit off Chad Jenkins, was his first.
Mar 24 - 5:36 PM

In an interview with Steve Phillips and Todd Hollandsworth of MLB Network Radio, Torii Hunter said Sunday that if he puts up good numbers in 2015 that he won't retire at the end of the season.

It's hard to argue with that he isn't still on top of his game at the plate as the 39-year-old slashed .286/.319/.446 with 17 homers and 83 RBI for the Tigers in 2014. His defensive skills have deteriorated immensely though, and he's best served as a designated hitter for the remainder of his career.
Mar 15 - 9:16 PM

Twins signed OF Torii Hunter to a one-year, $10.5 million contract.

Hunter returns to the team that drafted him in 1993. While the Twins aren't likely to be a playoff contender in 2015, Hunter will act as a nice grizzled vet to help mentor the various prospects the club has in its system. He remains one of the most consistent bats in the majors, having slashed .286/.319/.446 with the Tigers last season.
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 12:45:00 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Twins have signed Torii Hunter to a one-year contract.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says Hunter will receive $10.5 million. Reports had suggested that Hunter wanted to sign with a contender, but he'll instead return to his old stomping grounds for what could be his final season. It's a curious move on the Twins' part since they're not close to having a playoff-ready roster, but they obviously think Hunter will be a nice mentor for their young players.
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 08:50:00 PM

Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reports that the Twins have made an official offer to Torii Hunter.

Wolfson hasn't been able to confirm whether the offer is for one or two years. It's also unclear when the offer was made. Hunter is reportedly moving closer to a decision, with teams like the Rangers, Orioles, Mariners, and Royals involved. Word is he'd like to play for a contender, which might rule out a return to the Twins.
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 03:07:00 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Rangers are "making a push" for free agent outfielder Torii Hunter.

LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported Monday that Hunter hopes to sign with a team prior to next week's Winter Meetings, so a resolution should come soon. The 39-year-old outfielder is also reportedly considering the Orioles, Mariners, Twins, and Royals.
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 10:00:00 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Royals are still "in the mix" for Torii Hunter.

Mark Whicker of the Orange County Register reported Saturday that Hunter had narrowed his choices to the Orioles, Rangers, Mariners and Twins. Rosenthal is hearing otherwise, however, noting that the Royals and "others" are still among the possible landing spots. Hunter has indicated that he'll make a decision relatively soon.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 12:33:00 PM

According to Mark Whicker of the Orange County Register, free agent Torii Hunter is considering the Orioles, Rangers, Mariners and "maybe" the Twins.

That list is of interest for a number of reasons, the biggest of which is that it suggests Hunter has a short list of potential landing spots. Also of note is the absence of the Royals, one of the teams believed to be in the mix. The only certainty at this point is that Hunter won't be going back to the Tigers.
Sat, Nov 29, 2014 08:32:00 PM

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that there are still about a "half dozen teams" interested in free agent outfielder Torii Hunter.

As expected, the Royals and Twins are in the mix. Hunter turns 40 next August and is nearing the end of his career, so the opportunity to play for a contender could win out.
Tue, Nov 25, 2014 12:47:00 PM

Free agent OF Torii Hunter told the Pioneer Press that he and the Twins had a "common interest" in possible return.

"I came there as a young boy and came out a man. I always hold true to Minnesota Twins values I was taught," said Hunter. His other suitors include the Royals, Orioles, Giants and Blue Jays. Hunter isn't quite the defender he used to be, but he put up a .286/.319/.446 line in 2014, hitting 17 home runs and driving in 83 over 142 games at age 39. He indicated he would make a decision about his landing spot within the next few weeks.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 08:54:00 AM

According to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Royals remain in contact with free agent outfielder Torii Hunter.

With the departure of Billy Butler, the Royals have an opening at designated hitter that the veteran Hunter could fulfill. While his defense has fallen off in recent years, he hit .295/.327/.456 with 34 homers and 167 RBI over the past two seasons in Detroit.
Fri, Nov 21, 2014 09:41:00 PM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Orioles and Giants may have interest in Torii Hunter depending on how the rest of the free agent outfield market unfolds.

The veteran outfielder has already received interest from the Twins, Royals, Cubs, Rangers and Mariners among others and looks like he'll have no problem finding a comfortable landing spot this winter. It's appearing more and more likely that he'll land a multi-year contract, most likely with an American League club where he can be hidden in the DH spot at times.
Fri, Nov 21, 2014 05:45:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Kurt Suzuki
2Chris Herrmann
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Danny Santana
2Eduardo Escobar
3B1Trevor Plouffe
2Eduardo Nunez
LF1Oswaldo Arcia
CF1Jordan Schafer
RF1Torii Hunter
2Shane Robinson
DH1Kennys Vargas
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Phil Hughes
2Ervin Santana
3Ricky Nolasco
4Kyle Gibson
5Tommy Milone
6Mike Pelfrey
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Glen Perkins
2Casey Fien
3Brian Duensing
4Tim Stauffer
5Blaine Boyer
6Mike Pelfrey
7J.R. Graham
8Aaron Thompson
9Caleb Thielbar