MLB Rumors: Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers Join Hunt For Torii Hunter

By Ryan Gaydos

The Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers are both looking for some outfield help this offseason. The Rangers will especially need it since it seems like the team is willing to part ways with Josh Hamilton. Both teams are going to take a look at former Los Angeles Angels and Minnesota Twins outfielder Torii Hunter as the days come.

Hunter is expected to sign a deal quickly and the Tigers are very interested in signing him. It would not be a surprise if both teams try to get a deal completed. The Tigers are searching for corner outfield help this offseason, while the Rangers think that they can get Hunter by playing to his hometown. Hunter lives in Texas, relatively close to the Ballpark at Arlington.

Hunter has played for the Angels for the past five years. In 713 games, Hunter batted .286/.352/.462 with 105 home runs and 432 RBI. Hunter won the American League Gold Glove award in his first two seasons with the Angels but has not won it since 2009.

There will be plenty of teams going after Hunter this offseason. The Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers have all been teams linked to Hunter along with the Rangers and Tigers. However, the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies have also been teams in need of some outfield help. Since Hunter did not received a qualifying offer from the Angels, any team that signs him does not have to provide draft pick compensation.

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