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Torii Hunter | Outfielder

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (39) / 7/18/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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. Dec 3 - 12:45 PM

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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.
Dec 2 - 8:50 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.
Dec 2 - 3:07 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.
Dec 2 - 10:00 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.
Nov 30 - 12:33 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.
Nov 29 - 8:32 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.
Nov 25 - 12:47 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.
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

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3B1Trevor Plouffe
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