New York Mets' Carlos Beltran hits a two-run home run in the sixth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of baseball's National League Championship Series Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006 at Shea Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
The Star Tribune e-mailed beat writers across the country for a better glimpse of who's interested in Torii Hunter. The results of the survey:
Twins: Haven't improved their three-year, $45 million offer.
Astros: Willing to move Hunter Pence to right field.
Rangers: Hunter, who lives in the Dallas area, seems to be the centerpiece of offseason plan.
White Sox: GM Kenny Williams reportedly plans to meet with Hunter this week.
Giants: Without Barry Bonds, they need outfielders and middle-order hitters.
Dodgers: Might move Juan Pierre to left field, if they land Hunter or Andruw Jones.
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Yankees: They have Melky Cabrera and Johnny Damon, but they need help replacing Alex Rodriguez in the lineup.
Nationals: There were indications last week that they contacted Hunter's agent.
Cardinals: They have Jim Edmonds, but he's gimpy and all their outfielders bat lefthanded.
Braves: They parted ways with Jones, and they were Hunter's favorite team growing up.
Padres: Hunter might be out of their price range, even if they lose Mike Cameron.
A look at the biggest contracts given to center fielders in recent years.
CARLOS BELTRAN, METS
Contract: Seven years, $119 million
When: January 2005
Age at the time: 27
Previous season: Hit .267 with 38 home runs and 104 RBI in 2004.
Since he signed: Has 90 home runs in three seasons with the Mets, but he's been streaky.
JOHNNY DAMON, YANKEES
Contract: Four years, $52 million
When: December 2005
Age at the time: 32
Previous season: Hit .316 with 10 home runs and 75 RBI with the Red Sox in 2005.
Since he signed: Hit .270 this year and Yankees moved him to left field.
GARY MATTHEWS JR., ANGELS
Contract: Five years, $50 million
When: November 2006
Age at the time: 32
Previous season: Hit .313 with 19 homers and 79 RBI for Texas in 2006.
Since he signed: Hit .252 with 18 homers and 72 RBI and missed the playoffs because of a knee injury.
JUAN PIERRE, DODGERS
Contract: Five years, $44 million
When: November 2006
Age at the time: 29
Previous season: Hit .292 with 58 stolen bases for the Cubs in 2006.
Since he signed: Hit .293 with 64 stolen bases this season.
VERNON WELLS, BLUE JAYS
Contract: Seven years, $126 million
When: December 2006
Age at the time: 28
Previous season: Batted .303 with 32 homers and 106 RBI for Toronto.
Since he signed: Struggled this year, batting .245 with 16 homers and 80 RBI.
ICHIRO SUZUKI, MARINERS
Contract: Five years, $90 million
When: July 2007
Age at the time: 33
Previous season: Hit .322 with 45 stolen bases in 2006.
Since he signed: Finished the 2007 season batting .351 with 37 stolen bases.
The top five free-agent center fielders on this offseason's market.
TORII HUNTER, TWINS
2008 Opening Day age: 32
2007: .287, 28 HR, 107 RBI
ANDRUW JONES, BRAVES
2008 Opening Day age: 30
2007: .222, 26 HR, 94 RBI
AARON ROWAND, PHILLIES
2008 Opening Day age: 30
2007: .309, 27 HR, 89 RBI
MIKE CAMERON, PADRES
2008 Opening Day age: 35
2007: .242, 21 HR, 78 RBI
Note: Cameron received 25-game suspension to start 2008 last week for testing positive for a banned stimulant.
COREY PATTERSON, ORIOLES
2008 Opening Day age: 28
2007: .269, 8 HR, 45 RBI
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|Pittsburgh - WP: J. Locke||3|
|Texas - WP: C. Lewis||12||FINAL|
|Seattle - LP: E. Ramirez||4|
|Washington - LP: D. Fister||4||FINAL|
|Philadelphia - WP: K. Kendrick||8|
|Tampa Bay - WP: D. Smyly||3||FINAL|
|Baltimore - LP: K. Gausman||1|
|Boston - LP: T. Layne||2||FINAL|
|Toronto - WP: M. Stroman||5|
|NY Yankees - WP: S. Greene||8||FINAL|
|Detroit - LP: D. Price||4|
|Atlanta - WP: J. Teheran||3||FINAL|
|NY Mets - LP: Z. Wheeler||2|
|Chicago Cubs - LP: J. Turner||5||FINAL|
|Cincinnati - WP: M. Latos||7|
|Cleveland - LP: C. Kluber||2||FINAL|
|Chicago WSox - WP: H. Noesi||3|
|Minnesota - LP: P. Hughes||1||FINAL|
|Kansas City - WP: W. Davis||6|
|Oakland - WP: D. Otero||5||FINAL|
|Houston - LP: C. Qualls||4|
|Los Angeles - WP: C. Kershaw||3||FINAL|
|Arizona - LP: W. Miley||1|
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|Colorado||1||Top 9th Inning|
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|(21) Texas A&M||8/28/14 5:00 PM|
|(9) So Carolina|
|Wake Forest||8/28/14 6:02 PM|
|Boise State||8/28/14 7:00 PM|
|(18) Ole Miss|
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|Temple||8/28/14 8:15 PM|
|Rutgers||8/28/14 9:00 PM|
|Weber State||8/28/14 9:30 PM|
|(19) Arizona State|
|BYU||8/29/14 6:00 PM|
|(6) Jacksonville St||8/29/14 6:30 PM|
|(8) Michigan State|
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|Colorado State||8/29/14 8:00 PM|
|UNLV||8/29/14 9:30 PM|
|Penn State||8/30/14 7:30 AM|
|Troy||8/30/14 11:00 AM|
|(7) UCLA||8/30/14 11:00 AM|
|Western Mich||8/30/14 11:00 AM|
|(5) Ohio State||8/30/14 11:00 AM|
|Appalachian St||8/30/14 11:00 AM|
|Ga Southern||8/30/14 11:30 AM|
|Boston College||8/30/14 2:00 PM|
|West Virginia||8/30/14 2:30 PM|
|Rice||8/30/14 2:30 PM|
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|Liberty||8/30/14 5:00 PM|
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Poll: How sure are you that the Twins are on the road to improving?