Minnesota Twins, Torii Hunter have mutual interest

The Minnesota Twins and free-agent outfielder Torii Hunter could have a reunion, as Hunter tells Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that he has the Twins high on his list, as he “favors” the ball club, signaling a possible return to Minnesota. Multiple reports suggest that the Twins are also high on the notion of bringing back the 39-year-old outfielder.

Torii Hunter, who was originally drafted in the first round of the 1993 June draft by the Twins, spent the 1997-2007 seasons together, spanning over eleven seasons with the Minnesota Twins. Over his eleven seasons with the Twins, Hunter put together two All-Star game appearances and seven Gold Glove awards. However, after declining a three-year, $45 million contract extension from Minnesota, following the 2007 season, Hunter signed a five-year, $90 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels. After the 2012 campaign, Hunter and the Detroit Tigers reached a two-year, $26 million pact.

During the 2014 season, Hunter hit .286/.319/.446 with 17 home runs and 83 runs batted in, after a 2013 campaign that saw him slash .304/.334/.465 with 17 home runs and 84 runs batted in. Also, Hunter put together a 111 OPS+ and 0.4 bWAR during the 2014 season, both lower than his 115 OPS+ and 1.7 bWAR.

Hunter experienced a stretch from 2001-2009, where he won nine consecutive gold glove awards, proving to be one of the best outfielders in the game during his age-25 to age-33 seasons.


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