Torii Hunter signs two-year, $26M deal with Tigers

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer
Hunter is headed to Detroit. (US Presswire)

Free-agent outfielder Torii Hunter has signed a two-year contract with the Detroit Tigers, confirm CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman and Scott Miller. The deal is pending a physical. Heyman also reports the deal is for $26 million.

Hunter, 37, hit .313/.365/.451 with 16 homers, 92 RBI, 81 runs and nine stolen bases last season for the Angels. The 132 OPS-plus (which is on-base percentage plus slugging percentage adjusted for ballpark against the league average) was the highest of his entire career.

Hunter is a four-time All-Star and nine-time Gold Glove winner. His range on defense has obviously dimished with age, but he plays a solid right field and still sports a strong arm, as he posted 14 outfield assists in 2012.

With the Tigers, Hunter represents a big upgrade in right field. Tigers right fielders hit .235/.285/.357 with 13 homers, 66 RBI and 65 runs last season collectively. They also only had five assists compared to Hunter's 14 (in just 134 defensive games).

Also, keep in mind the Tigers are getting designated hitter Victor Martinez back next season, so the batting order has already taken shape with a powerful front five: Austin Jackson, Hunter, Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Martinez.

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