Twins agree to terms with Torii Hunter on a one-year, $10.5 million free agent contract

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From USA Today’s Bob Nightengale comes word that the Twins have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with veteran outfielder Torii Hunter. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal confirms the news, adding that the one-year pact is worth $10.5 million.

It’s a homecoming for Hunter, who was selected by the Twins in the first round (20th overall) of the 1993 MLB Amatuer Draft and spent the first 11 years of his major league career in Minnesota. The 39-year-old showed in 2014 that he’s not quite finished, posting a respectable .286/.319/.446 batting line with 17 home runs and 83 RBI across 142 games for the Tigers.

Hunter was also being courted this winter by the Rangers, Mariners, Orioles, and Royals. It’s hard to figure why the Twins, who have rattled off four straight 90-loss seasons, would have the desire to place the top bid.

The baseball world reacts to news of Kobe Bryant’s death

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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were two of nine people who died in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California earlier today. Bryant’s death sent shockwaves throughout the basketball world, as well as the sports world at large. Here were a few reactions from the baseball world.

We certainly echo these sentiments, sending our condolences to the families and friends of those affected today. What a sad day.