Could Torii Hunter be on his way back to the AL Central? Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the veteran free agent outfielder visited Detroit on Tuesday to meet with the Tigers brass about a potential deal. Morosi adds that the team is willing to make Hunter, a 15-year pro, a multiyear offer.
While he might be in the sunset of his career, Hunter was still very productive as an everyday outfielder with the Angels last season. He hit .313/.365/.451 with 16 homers and 92 RBI in 534 at-bats. He played nine seasons in the AL Central as a mainstay centerfielder for the Twins before signing a five-year, $90 million deal with the Angels in 2007.
Teammates consistently laud Hunter as a positive clubhouse presence and veteran influece, and he would certainly add that to a Tigers team coming off an American League pennant. Morosi reports that the Texas Rangers are another possibility for Hunter, as the he lives in the Dallas area and playing close to home could be an added benefit.
But Hunter and the Tigers management, specifically owner Mike Illitch, are both aggressively pursuing a World Series title and the match in Detroit could be a good fit.