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.

Mets are interested in Rick Porcello

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Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are interested in free agent pitcher Rick Porcello and have been speaking to his agent.

Porcello is coming off a pretty dreadful 2019 season in which he went 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts. That ERA was the worst in the majors among qualified starters. He’s also pretty homer happy. But (a) he’s durable; and (b) a change of scenery and a move to a more pitcher-friendly division and park might do him some good, so it’s not like he’s a bad guy for the Mets to be looking at. He’s only going to be 31 next season and he’s just a year removed from a decent season.

There are far worse bounceback candidates.