After making an official visit to Detroit on Tuesday, free-agent outfielder Torii Hunter informed a source that he is eager to play baseball for the Tigers next season, according to a report by Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com.
The 37-year-old Hunter hit a career-high .313 at the plate last year with the Los Angeles Angels, and remains on a short list of players the Tigers are targeting to beef up their outfield positions. The report indicates that Hunter has not yet received a contract offer, but is hopeful to get a deal done in the coming days assuming the offer is "fair."
A nine-time Gold Glove winner and four-time All-Star selection, Hunter remains one of the sport's premier defenders despite his advanced age. Though his 16 home runs in 2012 represented his lowest full-season total since his rookie campaign 1999, he is still coming off his 10th career season with at least 80 RBI. Hunter would immediately fill the No. 2 spot ahead of Miguel Cabrera in manager Jim Leyland's lineup, and may very well be one of the missing pieces for Detroit's organization if the two sides can reach an agreement.