Sept. 18, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels right fielder Torii Hunter (48) singles in a run in the first inning of the game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Report: Detroit Tigers Sign Torii Hunter To Two-Year Deal


I’m sure we’ll pass along more information as it becomes available, but Ken Rosenthal has reported on Twitter that the Detroit Tigers and Torii Hunter have reached an agreement on a two-year contract:

 

Wojo states that the deal is for a total of $26 million.

 

Hunter will almost assuredly serve as the everyday right fielder and number two hitter in the Tigers lineup. As Chris has pointed out, he’s not likely to repeat his offensive numbers from 2012 (due to BABIP regression), but, even at his advanced age, his likely floor is still as an above average fielder and above average hitter for the next two years.

The total dollar amount dampens my enthusiasm somewhat — I was hoping for the $20 million range — but he’ll still be a much-needed upgrade for the outfield defense and for the offense. Still, it’s a fair price to pay for a guy that hasn’t produced less than 2.6 WAR in eight years.

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  • gstoye44

    I like the length of the deal, and I’m okay with the total dollar amount. It’s just really nice to solidify a corner OF spot with someone who can play terrific defense and can still hit well. Good signing.

  • http://sidelionreport.com/ Zac Snyder

    This is a market rate deal or slightly better. With the average cost on the free agent market for 1 WAR approaching $6 million, the Tigers will be paying Hunter to be a 2-2.5 WAR player. He is capable of being that and more.

  • chrisHannum

    I stand by my “best move may be to wait” argument – it seems like they overpaid for the guy because he was supposed to be more affordable than other guys who were younger and/or better. I don’t hate the deal, because this does make the Tigers better, but it doesn’t seem like the most efficient use of $$$.