Jim Cowsert-US PRESSWIRE
The Angels will have a new look in the outfield in 2013, with news that Torii Hunter has signed as a free agent with the Detroit Tigers. The deal is for two years and $26 million.
The deal with Detroit will be for two years and $26 million and was first reported via the Twitter feed of Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal. Rosenthal also indicated that the Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox and Seattle Mariners were interested in Hunter as well.
For those who've followed closely the news isn't surprising, given that the Angels refused to offer Hunter a one-year qualifying offer of $13.3 million. Now Hunter will head to Detroit where he'll join one of the most explosive offenses in baseball, one which already featured Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera, first baseman Prince Fielder and returning designated hitter Victor Martinez. Hunter batted .313 last season with 16 home runs and 92 RBI.
In an interesting twist, Hunter's move to Detroit will also allow him to be closer to his son Torii Hunter Jr, who is currently a senior in high school and has committed to play football at Notre Dame next season.