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Torii Hunter | Outfielder

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (39) / 7/18/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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. Nov 25 - 12:47 PM

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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.
Nov 23 - 8:54 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.
Nov 21 - 9:41 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.
Nov 21 - 5:45 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Blue Jays are among the teams pursuing Torii Hunter.

The Royals, Twins, Cubs, Rangers, Giants, and Mariners have also been linked to the 39-year-old free agent outfielder. Hunter showed in 2014 that he is not quite finished, batting .286/.319/.446 with 17 home runs and 83 RBI in 142 games for the Tigers. It sure sounds like he's going to be able to command a multi-year deal.
Nov 20 - 12:47 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish hears the Royals and Twins are the most aggressive suitors for Torii Hunter.

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski conceded last week the team will likely not re-sign the 39-year-old, but he may stay in the American League Central division yet. The Twins' interest has been long-rumored, but reports are that he would need to take a large pay cut to return to the Twin Cities. The Cubs, Rangers, Giants and Mariners are among the other teams that have been linked to the outfielder.
Nov 18 - 7:42 PM

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said Friday that the club will not re-sign Torii Hunter.

"We probably won't re-sign Torii," Dombrowski said. "I called Torii and his representative today and told them that." Hunter had a successful two-year run in Detroit, batting .295/.327/.456 with 34 homers and 167 RBI while playing over 140 games both seasons. He's 39 and isn't much of an outfielder anymore, but Hunter keeps himself in terrific shape and could still have a bit more left in the tank. The Royals, Twins, Cubs, Rangers, Giants and Mariners have been listed as possible landing spots for the veteran outfielder.
Nov 14 - 4:01 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal lists the Royals, Twins, Cubs, Rangers, Giants, Mariners, and Tigers as the teams with interest in free agent outfielder Torii Hunter.

Rosenthal says re-upping with the Tigers is Hunter's preference, but Detroit's front office has some other big decisions to make first and might not have enough room left in the budget after the initial wave of offseason signings. Hunter has aged gracefully, batting .301 with a .794 OPS over the past three seasons. He turns 40 years old next July.
Nov 10 - 3:00 PM

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Torii Hunter has drawn interest from at least seven teams.

The Twins and Royals are known to be among his suitors, and there also appears to be mutual interest in a return to the Tigers. While the 39-year-old has seen his defense drop off considerably in recent years, he has still been very strong at the dish, slashing .301/.339/.455 over the past three seasons.
Nov 8 - 8:28 AM

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press believes Torii Hunter would need to take a "major" pay cut to sign with the Twins.

Berardino confirmed the Twins' interest in a reunion with Hunter, but it appears they're not interested enough to break the bank to make it happen. For his part, Hunter has said he would like to re-sign with the Tigers. Other teams have expressed interest in the 39-year-old in the early days of free agency as well.
Nov 5 - 8:57 PM

Chris Iott of MLive.com reports that the Tigers have not opened discussions with free agent outfielder Torii Hunter.

Hunter plans to play next season and would prefer to remain with Detroit, but he hasn't heard from them yet. However, several other teams have shown interest in him already, including the Twins. The 39-year-old batted .286 with 17 home runs and a .765 OPS in 142 games this past season.
Source: MLive.com
Nov 5 - 11:05 AM

Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reports that the Twins have already expressed interest in free agent outfielder Torii Hunter.

Hunter has said that he would like to re-sign with the Tigers, but a return to the Twins could be a possibility depending on how his market develops. The 39-year-old batted .286 with 17 home runs and a .765 OPS in 142 games this past season. He was originally drafted by the Twins in 1993 and spent the first 11 seasons of his career with the club.
Source: 1500 ESPN
Nov 4 - 10:22 AM

Torii Hunter indicated Wednesday that he's leaning toward continuing his playing career in 2015.

Hunter hinted at retirement after the Tigers were bounced from the ALDS, but he has softened his stance since. While the 39-year-old hasn't made a final decision yet, he's clearly leaning in the direction of playing at least one more season. "I haven't even thought about it," said Hunter. "I'm traveling as we speak to watch my three boys play college football. There's definitely a good chance I will play again though." An impending free agent, Hunter would like to stay with the Tigers, but it's unclear whether the interest is mutual.
Source: MLive.com
Oct 22 - 2:22 PM

Torii Hunter said after Sunday's loss to the Orioles that he has no plans on retiring, and would welcome another stint with the Tigers.

The 39-year-old outfielder remains hungry for a World Series title and has a strong desire to keep playing. While he has lost several steps defensively, he still slashed a healthy.286/.319/.446 with 17 homers and 83 RBI in 142 games during the regular season. With as many holes as the Tigers have offensively, they may be best suited bringing him back to patrol right field for another season.
Oct 5 - 9:20 PM

Torii Hunter went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI as the Tigers defeated the Giants on Sunday night in Detroit.

Hunter got the Tigers on the board with an RBI single in the third inning then rode home on a two-run home run by Miguel Cabrera. With the three-hit attack, the veteran outfielder now sports a .279/.315/.440 slash line on the season to go along with 15 homers, 74 RBI and four stolen bases.
Sep 8 - 12:08 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Alex Avila
2Bryan Holaday
3James McCann
4Manuel Pina
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Hernan Perez
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Eugenio Suarez
3Andrew Romine
4Dixon Machado
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1J.D. Martinez
CF1Rajai Davis
2Wynton Bernard
3Xavier Avery
RF1Torii Hunter
2Tyler Collins
3Steven Moya
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1David Price
2Justin Verlander
3Anibal Sanchez
4Rick Porcello
5Kyle Lobstein
6Robbie Ray
7Drew VerHagen
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joe Nathan
2Joakim Soria
3Joba Chamberlain
4Al Alburquerque
5Phil Coke
6Bruce Rondon
7Joel Hanrahan
8Blaine Hardy
9Josh Zeid
10Kyle Ryan
11Buck Farmer
12Luke Putkonen
13Angel Nesbitt