Torii Hunter, as speculated in this article yesterday, has officially signed a 2-year, $26 million contract with the Detroit Tigers. He got a bit more money than the speculated 2-year, $20M deal that was floated out there but the Tigers feel like they got their man.
Hunter will bat 2nd and play right field for Jim Leyland in 2013 and ’14. The contract is pending the formality of a physical. Consider it a done deal.
The new Tigers lineup for 2013 should look like this:
- Jackson – CF
- Hunter – RF
- Cabrera – 3B
- Fielder – 1B
- Martinez – DH
- Dirks – LF
- Peralta – SS
- Avila – C
- Infante – 2B
If Peralta and Avila can improve on their down 2012 seasons this will be one of the elite lineups in all of baseball. And if they don’t, that top 5 is still as deadly as it gets.
Hunter, 37, will turn 38 in July. He hit a career-high .313 in 2012 while playing with the Angels. He also belted 16 homers and drove in 92 runs. The short-term deal will allow him to serve as the perfect bridge for up and comers Avisail Garcia and Nick Castellanos.
In Hunter, the Tigers get a true professional, who is desperate to win a ring, and they didn’t sacrifice the farm system to fill their need. Job well done.