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Torii Hunter

  1. U mad, Torii?

    Dec 13, 2012, 3:33 PM EDT

    This may explain why he's hitting .218

    Torii Hunter, former outfielder of the Los Angels Angels of Anaheim, takes to Twitter to respond to the Josh Hamilton signing: I was told money was tight but I guess the Arte had money hidden under a Mattress. Business is business but don’t lie. — Torii Hunter (@toriihunter48) December 13, 2012   Money was tight…

  2. The Tigers might be in the market for another outfielder

    Nov 17, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT

    Torii Hunter AP

    The Tigers finalized a two-year, $26 million contract with Torii Hunter yesterday, but they might not be done shopping for outfielders. While Hunter is expected to be the regular right fielder next season, left field isn’t nearly as settled. The most likely approach is a platoon, but Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski told Jason Beck…

  3. Rick Porcello gave Torii Hunter his number 48 for a good cause

    Nov 16, 2012, 4:31 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers starter Rick Porcello delivers to the Cleveland Indians during the fifth inning of their MLB baseball game in Detroit

    Earlier today some Detroit folks were tweeting that Torii Hunter would wear his familiar 48 with the Tigers, which had previously been worn by Rick Porcello. As we’ve noted over the years, there is a long and rich history of sports figures selling their numbers to bigger stars for a price. A watch. A grill.…

  4. The case against Torii Hunter helping the Tigers

    Nov 14, 2012, 11:21 PM EDT

    Torii Hunter

    It’s not hard to see why the Tigers were regular-season disappointments in 2012; the bottom half of the lineup, which was so productive the year before, stumbled badly: OPS by lineup spot, from 2011 to 2012 No. 5:  .797 to .671 No. 6: .842 to .654 No. 7: .720 to .700 No. 8: .768 to…

  5. Torii Hunter signs a two-year, $26 million deal with the Tigers

    Nov 14, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Torii Hunter

    It’s not 100% done yet — it’s pending a physical — but Ken Rosenthal reports that the Tigers have signed Torii Hunter to a two-year deal. The deal is for $26 million. Hunter and the Tigers are a perfect fit.  He can slide right in to right field — or left and can probably still…

  6. Torii Hunter’s Twitter bio is accurate

    Nov 14, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Torii Hunter AP

    Torii Hunter’s Twitter feed is kind of boring. Lots of Bible passages and motivational things if you’re into that sort of thing but, not much in the way of fun chatter. His bio is pretty spot-on, though: Just made me chuckle. As for his job status: the Tigers did not make him an offer yesterday,…

  7. The Braves are pursuing Cody Ross

    Nov 13, 2012, 5:03 PM EDT

    Cody Ross

    This seems almost inevitable, yes? Jon Paul Morosi: The Atlanta Braves, looking to add an outfield bat, have interest in signing free-agent outfielder Cody Ross, according to a major-league source. With Torii Hunter likely choosing between the Rangers and Tigers, the Braves are pursuing another of the top right-handed bats on the market. Ross posted…

  8. Torii Hunter is meeting with the Tigers today

    Nov 13, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

    Torii Hunter

    Kind of a bummer free agent year. Unlike years past, there is not one guy who is going to motivate anyone to check with the FAA to see if and when a plane with him on it is en route to the city of a team wooing him. Those reports are almost always wrong, of…

  9. The Dodgers are out of the mix for Torii Hunter

    Nov 12, 2012, 9:51 PM EDT

    Torii Hunter AP

    We heard a report over the weekend that the Dodgers were “aggressively pursuing” free agent outfielder Torii Hunter. While nothing can be ruled out right now with the free-spending Dodgers, it didn’t make a lot of sense considering that Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford are all locked in on long-term contracts. And it…

  10. Carl Crawford expected to be ready for Opening Day

    Nov 12, 2012, 8:22 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford AP

    Carl Crawford was limited to just 31 games in the majors this season prior to undergoing Tommy John surgery on his left elbow in August. Pitchers usually need around a year to get back into game action, but position players can return sooner. That’s what the Dodgers are hoping for, anyway. Dodgers general manager Ned…

  11. Tigers, Rangers interested in Torii Hunter

    Nov 12, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    This may explain why he's hitting .218

    Everyone wants Torii Hunter, it seems. Danny Knobler reports that the Tigers are “very interested,” however: The Tigers, who just played in the World Series, are very interested in Hunter, according to sources. The Rangers, who played in the two World Series before that, are interested, too. Knobler says that Hunter wants to sign quickly and that…

  12. Shane Victorino “on the radar” for the Red Sox, Rangers, Indians and Reds

    Nov 10, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Shane Victorino Getty

    Shane Victorino is coming off his worst season in the majors, but that hasn’t stopped teams from expressing interest in the free agent outfielder. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Victorino is “on the radar” for the Red Sox, Rangers, Indians and Reds, among other teams in the market for outfield help. Victorino, who turns…

  13. The Dodgers are “aggressively pursuing” Torii Hunter…or not

    Nov 10, 2012, 3:59 PM EDT

    Torii Hunter

    UPDATE: Hold your horses, everyone. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers’ interest in Hunter has been overstated. Hernandez hears that Hunter’s agent approached the Dodgers, who agreed to take a meeting with him. You know how agents used to try to get the Yankees involved in order to get other…

  14. The Rangers tried to pry Andrelton Simmons away from the Braves

    Nov 10, 2012, 10:01 AM EDT

    Andrelton Simmons AP

    In the same story that mentioned the Dodgers’ interest in Torii Hunter, Bob Nightengale of USA Today also noted that the Rangers recently tried to acquire shortstop Andrelton Simmons from the Braves. Why would the Rangers do this? Well, general manager Jon Daniels isn’t interested in giving up either Elvis Andrus or top prospect Jurickson…

  15. Hunter Pence is going to be back with the Giants in 2013

    Nov 8, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

    Hunter Pence Reuters

    Pop quiz, hot shot! You traded for an outfielder in the middle of the year who often looked helpless at the plate. He was a nice guy and had character, though, serving as a great cheerleader. And hey, you won the friggin’ World Series, so it’s not like his presence in the lineup every day…

  16. The Red Sox are interested in Torii Hunter

    Nov 6, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Torii Hunter

    Rob Bradford of WEEI says that it’s not just the Yankees who are interested in Torii Hunter: According to a baseball source, the Red Sox have shown interest in free agent outfielder Torii Hunter. The 37 year-old (who turns 38 in July) has expressed interest in playing in Boston in the past, in large part…

  17. Angels set to go with Trout-Bourjos-Trumbo outfield

    Nov 4, 2012, 5:59 PM EDT

    Peter Bourjos, Mike Trout

    Speaking about the decision not to make a qualifying offer to free agent Torii Hunter on Friday, Angels GM Jerry Dipoto said he intends to go young and cheap in the outfield next season. That means it’ll likely be Mike Trout in left, Peter Bourjos in center and Mark Trumbo in right on Opening Day.…

  18. Josh Hamilton, David Ortiz among free agents to receive qualifying offers

    Nov 2, 2012, 6:07 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton AP

    Under the new collective bargaining agreement Type A and Type B free agent designations have been ditched in favor of teams needing to make a “qualifying offer” to free agents in order to receive compensation for their departure. Qualifying offers are basically one-year deals for the average salary of the top 125 highest-paid players, which…

  19. The Top 50 Free Agents of 2013

    Nov 2, 2012, 8:31 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Earlier this fall I counted down the top 111 free agents of this offseason. Since then, several players have had their options picked up or contracts extended, taking them out of play.  With the free agent signing period beginning tonight, it’s a good time to update that list and count them down once again. Up first,…

  20. The Yankees are interested in Torii Hunter

    Nov 1, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Torii Hunter Getty

    Nick Swisher is a free agent and is likely going to command a multi-year deal. Torii Hunter is also a free agent and, at age 37, is likely to command a shorter deal. Ergo: The Yankees have interest in Torii Hunter, a source said. Hunter is unlikely to get a qualifying offer, so he wouldn’t…

  21. Don’t blame the layoff; blame Justin Verlander for Game 1 loss

    Oct 24, 2012, 11:59 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    Done in by poor fastball location, Justin Verlander got lit up by the Giants in Game 1 of the World Series, surrendering five runs and two Pablo Sandoval homers in four innings. Some facts from the outing: – It was just the third in three years in which he failed to go five innings. The…

  22. Heyman: Yankees have no interest in retaining Nick Swisher

    Oct 19, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

    Nick Swisher

    According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the Yankees will make free-agent-to-be Nick Swisher a qualifying offer this winter, but they have “no interest” in re-signing him to a multiyear deal. The qualifying offer, which would be worth about $13.5 million for 2013, would secure the Yankees a draft pick if Swisher leaves as a free…

  23. An early guess at Team USA’s WBC lineup

    Oct 17, 2012, 6:31 PM EDT

    trout getty

    If Derek Jeter‘s broken ankle didn’t take him out of the mix for the World Baseball Classic the moment it happened, today’s news that he needs surgery definitely makes the issue moot. But as unfortunate as Jeter’s injury is for the Yankees, it’s not necessarily a bad thing for Team USA in next spring’s World…

  24. Mike Napoli “plays with a vengeance” against the Angels

    Oct 1, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Mike Napoli Getty

    Mike Napoli‘s six seasons with the Angels were filled with good production and fans clamoring for manager Mike Scioscia to play him more at catcher instead of light-hitting defensive specialist Jeff Mathis. Napoli was traded away in January of 2011 and his two seasons since leaving the Angels have been filled with crushing his former…

  25. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 27, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles Machado rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during an MLB game in Baltimore

    Orioles 12, Blue Jays 2: Bombs away. Chris Davis and Manny Machado each had two homers and the O’s hit seven in all, keeping pace with the Yankees, who maintain their one and a half game lead. Yankees 8, Twins 2: CC Sabathia looks to be back on his game, and that will be huge for the Yankees in…

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