Torii Hunter wants to be on a World Series contender and the Detroit Tigers need a corner outfielder.
It could week be a union-in-the-making.
ESPNLosAngeles.com reported Monday afternoon: "The most aggressive pursuer thus far has been the Detroit Tigers, the team most likely to offer Hunter a two-year deal, a shot at his first World Series and an everyday job. The New York Yankees also have shown serious interest."
And Jim Bowden, the former general manager-turned-XM/Sirius radio guy, tweeted:
Detroit Tigers front runners for Torii Hunter according to source— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) November 12, 2012
Chris Iott, who covers the Tigers for the mlive.com newspaper group, writes: "Hunter would likely bat second and start in right field for the Tigers, who did not get the production in the corner outfield spots that they expected to in 2012. If the Tigers do sign Hunter and hit him second, it would give them a batting order with Austin Jackson, Hunter, Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez in the top five spots."
It was five years ago when Hunter left Minnesota, which wasn't offering the length of contract that he wanted, and signed a five-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels -- a move that was announced on Thanksgiving Day 2007. He'd been the Twins' center fielder from 1997 until 2007. During his time with the Angels, Hunter averaged 21 home runs and 86 RBI per season with an .814 OPS.
After splitting time between center field and right in 2010, Hunter became a full-time right fielder in 2011.
|Chicago Cubs - LP: E. Jackson||2||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - WP: V. Mazzaro||4|
|Baltimore - LP: K. Gausman||6||FINAL|
|Toronto - WP: B. Morrow||12|
|Cleveland - WP: Z. McAllister||12||FINAL|
|Boston - LP: R. Dempster||3|
|Minnesota - LP: J. Burton||6||FINAL|
|Detroit - WP: J. Benoit||7|
|LA Angels - WP: J. Blanton||5||FINAL|
|Kansas City - LP: E. Santana||4|
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