Twins interested in a Hunter homecoming

Torii Hunter has said that he would like to re-sign with the Tigers, but his former team has apparently already expressed an interest in bringing him back to Minnesota to finish his career in the same place it started.

Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reports that the Twins would like to make a play at signing Hunter, whom they drafted in the first round back in 1993. Hunter spent his first 11 seasons with the Twins, racking up seven straight Gold Gloves from 2001-07 before continuing that streak with the Angels in 2008-09.

A long-time fan favorite in Minnesota, Hunter hit .271 with 192 home runs to complement his elite defense during his time with the Twins. He’s actually increased his average at each stop since, hitting .286 in five seasons with the Angels then racking up a .295 average over the past two years with the Tigers.

Though Minnesota seems like a fit given Hunter’s history with the franchise, the market would likely need to play out just right for him to end up with the Twins. At the age of 39 and never having appeared in a World Series, it makes sense that Hunter would prefer to sign with a contender, such as the Tigers.

That said, if the Tigers ultimately decide to go a different direction and Hunter’s options begin to dwindle, he a Minnesota homecoming could make sense.

— Paul Casella

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