Although Torii Hunter didn't officially kick off free agency for Major League Baseball, he certainly has made the biggest impact so far. The 37 year old right-fielder finally got out of Los Angeles and back to the American League Central Division by signing a two year contract with the Detroit Tigers yesterday. The contract is reportedly worth $26 million.
Hunter, a nine-time Golden Glove winner, is expected to bat second in the powerful Tigers' lineup. He hit .343 with an .854 on-base percentage in 381 plate appearances batting second for the Angels in 2012. He hit a career high .313 with 16 homers and 92 RBI's last year, and is a career .277 hitter with 297 homers, 1,143 RBI and 1,068 runs.
Hunter's familiarity with the Central league will help ease him in to his role as a right fielder in the confines of Comerica Park. The only visiting player to have played more games at the Tiger's home ballpark is Chicago White Sox DH Paul Konerko.
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