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  1. Torii Hunter says he was misquoted

    Dec 31, 2012, 12:48 PM EST

    This may explain why he's hitting .218

    This was about as predictable as could be: I’m very disappointed in Kevin Baxter’s article in which my quotes and feelings have been misrepresented. He took two completely separate quotes and made them into one quote that does not express how I feel as a Christian or a human being . I have love and…

  2. Why Torii Hunter’s comments about having a gay teammate matter

    Dec 31, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    Torii Hunter AP

    As we noted yesterday, Torii Hunter was quoted in the Los Angeles Times saying that having a gay teammate would be “difficult and uncomfortable” for him because such a person is anathema to his religion. A fairly popular response to these comments is, basically, “hey, it’s just his opinion, man.” Hunter is merely speaking his mind (as…

  3. Torii Hunter says having an openly gay teammate would be “difficult and uncomfortable”

    Dec 30, 2012, 6:03 PM EST

    hunter getty

    The math says that Torii Hunter — a 16-year major league veteran who has played with several hundred different teammates over the course of his amateur and professional baseball careers — has probably shared a clubhouse with a gay man. But math and science and reality aren’t things that the 37-year-old outfielder chooses to dabble in. Neither…

  4. 2013 Free Agency Tracker

    Dec 23, 2012, 9:36 PM EST

    Zack Greinke, Ned Colletti, Magic Johnson

    We’ll be updating this one throughout the offseason. Players are listed based on their ranking in the Top 111 Free Agents. At the bottom is a listing of free agents who signed before the ranking came out, and we’ll be adding signings of players who didn’t make the top 111 as they come in. (Update:…

  5. The Tigers expect Victor Martinez to be 100% for spring training

    Dec 18, 2012, 10:03 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers

    In case you’re not impressed with the Torii Hunter signing or the idea of Anibal Sanchez being around all year, remember Tigers fans, you’re basically adding an All-Star caliber bat this offseason too: [Dave] Dombrowski said designated hitter Victor Martinez (knee) remains on schedule to begin spring training. “I can’t say he’s 100 percent but he’s very close,”…

  6. U mad, Torii?

    Dec 13, 2012, 3:33 PM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 17, 2012, 1:10 PM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 16, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

    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.…

  9. The case against Torii Hunter helping the Tigers

    Nov 14, 2012, 11:21 PM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 14, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

    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…

  11. Torii Hunter’s Twitter bio is accurate

    Nov 14, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    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,…

  12. The Braves are pursuing Cody Ross

    Nov 13, 2012, 5:03 PM EST

    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…

  13. Torii Hunter is meeting with the Tigers today

    Nov 13, 2012, 12:33 PM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 12, 2012, 9:51 PM EST

    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…

  15. Carl Crawford expected to be ready for Opening Day

    Nov 12, 2012, 8:22 PM EST

    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…

  16. Tigers, Rangers interested in Torii Hunter

    Nov 12, 2012, 12:31 PM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 10, 2012, 5:30 PM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 10, 2012, 3:59 PM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 10, 2012, 10:01 AM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 8, 2012, 8:30 AM EST

    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…

  21. The Red Sox are interested in Torii Hunter

    Nov 6, 2012, 10:30 AM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 4, 2012, 5:59 PM EST

    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.…

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

    Nov 2, 2012, 6:07 PM EST

    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…

  24. The Top 50 Free Agents of 2013

    Nov 2, 2012, 8:31 AM EST

    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,…

  25. The Yankees are interested in Torii Hunter

    Nov 1, 2012, 12:30 PM EST

    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…

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