The World Series is done. The Twins have their manager. Now it is time to make the team better for next year. Obviously the Twins will be going after free agent pitchers James Shields and Max Scherzer. However there is already a little traction in landing a position player that we are very familiar with. His name: Torii Hunter. Yes, Hunter, although old to some people, could be in a Twins uniform next year.
There are a few reports out there that at least seven teams have contacted Hunter’s camp. Most of the teams happen to be from the AL Central, including the Twins and Royals. Torii has said he is interested in sticking with Detroit, but the Tigers haven’t made it clear if they want to sign him again. Hunter is waiting to see if the Tigers sign Victor Martinez before making a decision.
Hunter, who debuted with the Twins in 1997, has moved to the corner outfield positions the last few years due to his advanced age. Though his defensive ability is on the decline, Hunter still has an offensive attack. During his seven years in Anaheim and Detroit, the 39-year-old has 1,109 singles with 139 home runs and 599 RBIs. A five-time all-star, Hunter has won 9 Gold Gloves and two Silver Sluggers during his career. He has had multiple playoff experiences, which included his team losing in the ALDS to the Orioles this past season.
Just imagine. Hunter starting 2015 in right field with Aaron Hicks and Oswaldo Arcia in the other two outfield positions. Hunter would bat sixth in the line-up and would be a great mentor to Danny Santana and Kennys Vargas. The Twins should sign Hunter on a two-year deal and release him when Byron Buxton appears sometime in 2016. That’s my plan at least! So Twins, please bring Torii back where he began his journey and send him off to retirement the right way because he still has it and will always be a Twin! And Torii, consider coming home where you became an all-star!
Written by: Michael L. Sack