Torii Hunter “favors the Twins”


From Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press:

Free-agent outfielder Torii Hunter told the Pioneer Press on Saturday that he favors the Twins among teams with which he is considering signing and that he could make a decision in a week or so.

“(Twins GM) Terry Ryan and I have talked several times, and there’s definitely a common interest there, for sure,” Hunter told Walters. “I would come over to win. All that stuff everybody talks about, ‘a great guy in the clubhouse,’ that’s extra — that’s not No. 1. The No. 1 thing is look at my numbers. They’re still the same, one of the most consistent hitters in baseball over my career.”

The Twins have registered 90 or more losses in four straight seasons and they’re probably not going to be a whole lot better in 2015, so it seems like an odd destination for a 39-year-old outfielder. But Hunter started his career in Minnesota — he was a first-round pick of the Twins way back in 1993 — and if the money is right it appears this may happen.