Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Torii Hunter is a Tiger

As rumored for the last couple of days, the Tigers have agreed to a two-year contract with outfielder Torii Hunter pending a physical.  The total value of the deal is reportedly worth $26 million.  The source?  Well, there are several, but best one is Torii Hunter himself who just tweeted:
Torii Hunter ‏@toriihunter48 Everybody turn ur TV to MLB network right now
I talked a lot about the pros and cons of Hunter yesterday, so I won't rehash it all here.  While I am concerned about his age, he should be a substantial upgrade over Brennan Boesch and Quintin Berry,who received too many plate appearances at corner outfield spots in 2012. Any more than a two-year contract would have been bad news, but two years is reasonable. 

I would guess that Hunter will bat second and play right field.  Some have suggested that the big left field in Comerica Park would be a better fit.  However, his powerful arm works well in right and he has more experience there.  So, I'm going to guess Hunter in right, Austin Jackson in center and Andy Dirks in left field (in a possible platoon with Avisail Garcia or some other right-handed hitter)    

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