Tigers tell Torii Hunter they don’t want him back

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Torii Hunter made it clear that he wanted to stay in Detroit, at one point saying he’d retire if the Tigers didn’t want him back. He’s mellowed on that stance, opening himself up to other teams, which is good because today Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski all but ruled out a reunion.

Dombrowski told Jason Beck of MLB.com:

We probably won’t re-sign Torii. I called Torii and his representative today and told them that.

Hunter’s defense has slipped to the point that he’s well below average in right field, but he still hit well this season at age 38 and reportedly has plenty of other teams interested.