Twins “have already expressed interest” in Torii Hunter

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Last month when Torii Hunter indicated that he’ll likely put off retirement and return for a 19th season I suggested that a return to Minnesota as the Twins’ left fielder might make sense for both sides.

And now Darren Wolfson of 1500-ESPN in Minnesota reports that, sure enough, the Twins “have already expressed interest” in Hunter on the first day they can do so with free agents.

Hunter has made it clear that he’d like to re-sign with the Tigers and, if that doesn’t happen, presumably he’d like to spend his age-39 season playing for a contender. Minnesota does not fit that description, but if contenders don’t show much interest in Hunter the Twins could emerge as a viable destination.

His defense has slipped from Gold Glove-caliber in center field to below average in right field, but Hunter hit .286 with 17 homers and a .765 OPS in 142 games. He was drafted by the Twins in 1993 and played for them until 2007, when he left as a free agent.