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:
Torii to #Tigers. Two-year agreement, pending physical.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 14, 2012
Wojo states that the deal is for a total of $26 million.
Torii Hunter reportedly will get $13 million per year for 2 years from Tigers. After getting to WS, they still aren’t messing around. Nice.
— Bob Wojnowski (@bobwojnowski) November 14, 2012
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.