Torii Hunter won’t retire if the Tigers want him back

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After the Tigers were eliminated from the playoffs Torii Hunter indicated that he might retire rather than play a 19th season, but today the 39-year-old told Jason Beck of MLB.com that he’ll play in 2015 if Detroit wants him back.

If the Tigers want me back, we will work that out hopefully. Other than that, I’m still thinking about my situation.

Hunter obviously enjoyed his two seasons in Detroit and playing elsewhere clearly isn’t his preference, but if he’s willing to play next season for the Tigers it seems likely that he’d probably be willing to play for another team too.

Hunter ceased being a center fielder years ago and is no longer even a good defensive right fielder, but he hit .286 with 17 homers and a .765 OPS in 142 games this season and has topped a .750 OPS every season since 2000.

Here’s a random thought: How about a season back in Minnesota as the Twins’ left fielder?