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48 Torii Hunter CF
Height/Weight: 6-2/225 | Birthdate: 7/18/1975 | Birthplace: Pine Bluff, AR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Minnesota | College: No College | MLB Experience: 18 | Salary: $12,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 85/72 | Average Draft Position: 197.30
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Torii Hunter indicates he will finish career with Twins


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) Veteran outfielder Torii Hunter said Wednesday he will continue to keep playing beyond 2015, if he feels he can still do it at the end of the season. However, he said he won't play for anyone else but the Twins.

Hunter officially signed his one-year, $10.5 million contract with the Twins on Wednesday. He returns to Minnesota after making his MLB debut in 1997 with the Twins. He spent the first 11 seasons of his 18-year career with Minnesota before playing five seasons with the Angels and the last two with the Tigers.


Oswaldo Arcia moving to LF as Torii Hunter to start in RF for Twins


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Wednesday newly signed outfielder Torii Hunter will start in right field, while Oswaldo Arcia will make the move to left field in 2015. The Twins signed Hunter to a one-year, $10.5 million contract.

Arcia started a team-high 97 games in right field for Minnesota in 2014. He played 56 games in left field for Minnesota in 2013. Hunter won seven straight Gold Gloves for the Twins from 2001-07, primarily playing in center field.


Twins announce one-year, $10.5 million deal for Torii Hunter


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) The Twins officially announced Wednesday they signed outfielder Torii Hunter to a one-year, $10.5 million contract. Hunter is back for his second stint with the Twins after playing 11 seasons for Minnesota from 1997-2007.

Hunter has won nine Gold Gloves and two Silver Slugger awards in his career, while also being a five-time All-Star. Hunter was originally selected by the Twins in the first round (20th overall) of the 1993 draft out of Pine Bluff (Ark.) High School.

The 39-year-old outfielder hit .286 with 33 doubles, two triples, 17 home runs, 83 RBI and 71 runs in 142 games for the Tigers in 2014. In 18 seasons in the majors, Hunter has a career .279 batting average with 476 doubles, 39 triples, 331 home runs, 1,310 RBI, 1,229 runs scored and 193 stolen bases in 2,233 games.


Torii Hunter signs one-year, $10.5 million deal with Twins


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) It all comes full circle for veteran outfielder Torii Hunter. According to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman, Hunter signed a one-year, $10.5 million deal with the Twins on Tuesday.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today first reported the signing.

The 39-year-old outfielder spent his first 11 seasons with the Twins. The Rangers made a late push to sign him on Tuesday, but it appears as if the Twins offered a more lucrative offer, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Hunter hit .286/.319/.446 over 549 at-bats last year with Detroit.


Rangers pushing hard to sign veteran OF Torii Hunter


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Rangers are pushing hard to sign veteran outfielder Torii Hunter, sources told CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Five AL teams are showing interest in Hunter, who has spent his 18-year career in the AL, but the Rangers appear to be one of the more serious teams trying to sign the 39-year-old outfielder.

The Royals, Orioles, Mariners and Twins are the other teams showing interest in Hunter, who lives in Prosper, Texas, which is a few hours drive from the Rangers' home ballpark.


Five AL teams, Giants showing interest in Torii Hunter


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) At least five AL teams -- Rangers, Royals, Orioles, Mariners and Twins -- are showing interest in veteran outfielder Torii Hunter, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The Giants have also shown interest, as well as a few other teams.

Giants turn attention to Cruz, Scherzer after Sandoval departure


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2014) With the Red Sox officially signing Pablo Sandoval, the Giants have begun talks with a variety of free agents including pitcher Max Scherzer and outfielder Nelson Cruz, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Sandoval’s departure allows the Giants to focus their assets elsewhere and the Giants have also expressed interest in Nick Markakis, Torii Hunter and Chase Headley.


Twins, Torii Hunter have 'common interest'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2014) Veteran outfielder Torii Hunter said Saturday he favors the Twins in free agency and he could make a decision soon about which team he signs with, according to the Pioneer Press.

"(Twins general manager) Terry Ryan and I have talked several times, and there's definitely a common interest there, for sure," Hunter said.

The Twins drafted Hunter in the first round of the 1993 draft. He appeared in games for Minnesota from 1997-2007 before playing for the Angels and Tigers. 

"I would come over to win," he said of his reasons for potentially returning to Minnesota. "All that stuff everybody talks about, 'a great guy in the clubhouse,' that's extra -- that's not No. 1. The No. 1 thing is look at my numbers. They're still the same, one of the most consistent hitters in baseball over my career.

"But sometimes I guess my character and clubhouse presence and just that fire that I have, I think, overshadows a lot. But no matter what, if I didn't put up those numbers, I don't care what kind of personality or drive you have, not many people are going to want you. The only reason you're going to want me is because of my play."


Royals continue to be in contact with Torii Hunter


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) The Royals continue to remain in contact with outfielder Torii Hunter, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press

Hunter would take the place of Norichika Aoki in left. The 39-year-old is coming off a season in which he hit .286/.319/.446 over 549 at-bats. 


Orioles, Giants in on Torii Hunter


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) The Orioles and Giants are considering outfielder Torii Hunter, according to ESPN.

Hunter is on the back-burner for both clubs. He's an option for those clubs if other things fall through. The 39-year-old hit .286/.319/.446 over 549 at-bats last year.


Report: Blue Jays join the mix to sign Torii Hunter


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) The Blue Jays are the latest team to be added to the list of teams pursuing veteran free agent outfielder Torii Hunter, according to FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal. It's been reported the Royals, Twins, Cubs, Rangers, Giants and Mariners have also shown interest in the 39-year-old outfielder.

Royals focusing on Santana, Liriano and Hunter in free agency


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) The Royals appear to be focusing their free-agent efforts on starting pitchers Ervin Santana and Francisco Liriano, as well as veteran outfielder Torii Hunter, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The Royals could also consider free agent pitchers Brandon McCarthy, Edinson Volquez and Jason Hammel.


Report: Twins, Royals 'very interested' in Torii Hunter


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) Although Torii Hunter confirmed he won'r return to the Tigers next season, the free agent outfielder remain in the AL Central. Though there are a "number of teams" interested, the Twins and the Royals are the most aggressive teams in pursuit of Hunter, source told Chris Cotillo of SB Nation

Hunter, 39, produced 17 home runs and 83 RBI while batting .286 in 2014.


Torii Hunter confirms he probably won't be back with Tigers


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/14/2014) Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter confirmed he probably won't return to the team next season.

The 39-year-old outfielder thanked Detroit fans on his Instagram page, saying he had a great time playing for the Tigers. He added, "I'm going to miss you guys." Hunter said he would see where his career goes from here. Hunter hit .286/.319/.446 over 549 at-bats. 


Report: Tigers not considering Torii Hunter


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/14/2014) Tigers’ general manager Dave Dombrowski reportedly called outfielder Torii Hunter Friday to inform him the Tigers are unlikely to re-sign him for the 2015 season, according to the Detroit Free Press.

In 2014, Hunter produced 17 home runs and 83 RBI while batting .286.


Report: Several teams interested in Hunter, prefers to re-sign with Tigers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2014) Several teams have expressed interest in signing free agent outfielder Torii Hunter, including the Royals, Twins, Cubs, Rangers, Giants and Mariners, according to FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal. 

However, Hunter considers the Tigers to be his first choice, but his future is tied to Victor Martinez since the Tigers probably can't re-sign both players.


Royals could pursue Santana, Cabrera, Hunter in free agency


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2014) While the Royals are expected to have a payroll in the range of $90-100 million in 2015, which hurts their chances of re-signing ace James Shields, the team is expected to be active in the free-agent market, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Three targets expected to be on the Royals' radar this offseason are starting pitcher Ervin Santana, outfielder Melky Cabrera and outfielder Torii Hunter.


Royals, at least six other teams showing interest in Torii Hunter


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/8/2014) At least seven teams are showing interest in free agent outfielder Torii Hunter, including the defending AL-champion Royals, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports.

The Twins are also in the mix as has previously been reported. The Tigers are also likely to have interest in bringing the free agent back into the fold after Hunter hit .295/.327/.456 in 1,155 at-bats over two seasons with the team. If Hunter were to sign with the Royals, he would figure to spend much of his time in the designated-hitter role, as the team's current mix of outfielders played a large part in bringing the Royals to the World Series for the first time in 29 years.


Report: Twins interested in reuniting with Torii Hunter


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/5/2014) The Twins have interest in reuniting with outfielder Torii Hunter, according to the St. Paul Pioneer-Press.

In order for that to happen, Hunter, who made $14 million last season, would have to take a pay cut. Hunter was drafted by Minnesota, and spent the first 11 years of his career with the club. The 39-year-old is expected to sign with a contending team, which could put the Twins at a disadvantage. 


Report: Several teams showing interest in Torii Hunter


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/5/2014) Several teams are showing interest in signing free agent outfielder Torii Hunter, a source told MLive.com. The source added Hunter would like to remain with the Tigers, but the team has not yet opened discussions with the veteran outfielder.

Hunter, a nine-time Gold Glove winner, just finished up his 18th season in the majors. The 39-year-old outfielder hit .286 with a .446 slugging percentage, 17 home runs, 33 doubles and 83 RBI in 142 games.


Heyman: Royals could target Torii Hunter this offseason


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/28/2014) The Royals could target outfielder Torii Hunter this offseason, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports.

The Royals are unlikely to bring back designated hitter Billy Butler, who has a $12-million option, and impending free-agent outfielder Norichika Aoki next season. The Royals "quietly made a play" for Hunter seven years ago and may do so again. He hit .286 with a .765 OPS in 2014 while racking up 17 home runs and 83 RBI.


Tigers OF Torii Hunter believes he proved his worth in 2014


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/22/2014) Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter appears to be leaning toward a return in 2015. That will allow to play into his 40s - he turns 40 in July.

Hunter maintained his consistency and productivity in 2014 by batting .286 with 17 home runs and 83 RBI while batting mostly second in the lineup. But his team was knocked out without winning a game in the postseason.

"Playing for a contender is very important to me," he told MLive.com. "But taking a lesser role will be hard for me when my core numbers are pretty good, not just for a guy that's 39 years old but also for a 22-year-old player. The last three or four months of the season, I played pretty good defense as well.

"I know that we all get older, but until I give you signs that I can't help a team, don't count me out just yet. I've been one of the most consistent hitters in baseball. Everybody knows what they are going to get."


OF Torii Hunter hoping for return to Tigers in 2015


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/10/2014) Veteran outfielder Torii Hunter has indicated he might retire if the Tigers don't bring him back next year, per MLB.com.

"If the Tigers want me back, we will work that out hopefully," he wrote in a text message. "Other than that, I'm still thinking about my situation."

Hunter is set up for free agency after his two-year contract expired. The Tigers have exclusive rights to negotiate a new deal until five days after the conclusion of the World Series. The tremendously consistent Hunter remained productive this season with a stat line of .286/.319/.446 and his ninth consecutive year with at least 78 RBI.


Torii Hunter smashes 17th home run Saturday vs. Royals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter went 2 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 3-2 win over the Royals Saturday.

Hunter put the first run of the game for either side on the board with his shot to left field in the fourth inning. He's recorded two hits in each of his last six games, driving home at least one run in five of them. Hunter has hit .288/.321/.452 with 17 home runs and 81 RBI in 518 at-bats.


Torii Hunter out Thursday with foot soreness


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2014) Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter fouled a ball of his foot Wednesday and is sore enough that he is not in the lineup Thursday against the Indians. He told MLive.com he expects to be able to play Friday against the Giants.