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Tigers, Torii Hunter agree to two-year deal

11/14/2012 12:58 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
Scratch Torii Hunter off the list of marquee free agents, as the four-time All-Star outfielder has agreed to a two-year, $26 million contract with the Detroit Tigers pending a physical.

Hunter, 37, hit .313 with 16 home runs, 92 RBI, 81 runs scored, and nine stolen bases for the Angels last year, and also recorded 14 assists in 134 games in right field. For his career, Hunter is a .277 hitter with 297 home runs, 1,143 RBI, 1.068 runs, and 186 steals in 16 seasons with the Twins and Angels.

The nine-time Gold Glove winner was a target of many teams (reportedly including the Yankees) this winter. He will be a significant upgrade in Detroit, where last year’s collection of right fielders posted a .235-13-66 line with 65 runs scored and had five assists total.

Under the rules of the new MLB Collective Bargaining Agreement, Detroit will not have to surrender a draft pick for signing Hunter – nor will the Angels receive a compensatory one – because the Angels had declined to extend him a one-year, $13.3 million qualifying offer. However, Hunter will have to surrender something: his current Twitter bio line, which has read “Out of work Major League Baseball Player looking for a job” since the free agency period began.

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