Twins curiously want Torii Hunter back for “at least one more season”

Associated Press

Torii Hunter is batting just .245 with a .298 on-base percentage in 516 plate appearances this season and he turned 40 years old in July, but the Twins have still been quite pleased with their reunion with the veteran outfielder and apparently want to continue it.

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe heard from a Twins official this weekend that the club wants Hunter back for “at least one more season,” largely because of the impact he’s made in the clubhouse. Hunter, who signed a one-year, $10.5 million free agent contract last winter, hasn’t committed to playing in 2016.

Eddie Rosario, Byron Buxton, and Aaron Hicks would presumably make up the Twins’ starting outfield in 2016 if Hunter does not return. That’s a good, young, high-upside group.

The money that would be committed to Hunter could be better used on upgrades to other parts of the roster.