Torii Hunter may no longer be a Tiger, but he won't be going far. According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, Hunter has agreed to a one year, $10.5 million contract with the Minnesota Twins. Hunter was also weighing offers from the Seattle Mariners, Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers, and Kansas City Royals.
Hunter spent the first 11 seasons of his career in Minnesota, where he established himself as one of the premier center fielders in baseball. He hit .271/.324/.469 with 192 home runs and 711 RBI in just under 4900 plate appearances. Hunter made appearances in the 2002 and 2007 All-Star games as a Twin and won seven consecutive Gold Glove awards from 2001 to 2007.
As a Tiger, Hunter hit .295/.327/.456 with 34 home runs and 167 RBI in two seasons. He made the American League All-Star team and won a Silver Slugger in 2013. However, his once-legendary defense swiftly fell to subpar standards, resulting in just 0.3 WAR in 2014 despite a solid 113 wRC+.
Despite claims that Hunter was interested in signing with a contender, his return to the Twin Cities makes for a poetic end to a stellar career. He was drafted by the Twins in the first round of the 1993 draft and earned his 'Spider-Man' nickname thanks to countless wall-climbing catches made in a Twins uniform.
Tigers fans will not have to wait long for Hunter's return to Detroit. The Twins visit Comerica Park on April 6th, the Opening Day of the 2015 season.