Torii Hunter reportedly signs with Tigers

Nov 14, 2012, 10:17 AM | Updated: 10:22 am

So much for all the talk of free-agent outfielder Torii Hunter possibly joining the Mariners. The nine time Gold Glove winner has reached agreement on a two-year, $26 million deal with the Detroit Tigers pending a physical exam, a baseball source told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick Wednesday.

Hunter, 37, is a .277 hitter with 297 home runs in 14 seasons with the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Angels.

He hit .313 with the Angels in 2012, but his five-year, $90 million contract expired after the season, and the Angels declined to make him a $13.3 million qualifying offer. That means the Tigers are not obligated to give the Angels draft-pick compensation in exchange for signing Hunter.

The Mariners had been rumored to be interested in Hunter. But the Tigers struck quickly after having Hunter come to Detroit for a visit Monday, Crasnick reports. They’ll plug him into a lineup that includes Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera, All-Star first baseman Prince Fielder and catcher-DH Victor Martinez, who missed the entire 2012 season with a knee injury.

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