Seven years after leaving the Minnesota Twins via free agency, Torii Hunter is returning to his original organization. The outfielder agree to a one-year contract with the Twins worth a reported $10.5 million on Tuesday.
Hunter spent the 1997-2007 seasons with Minnesota, winning seven Gold Gloves while with the Twins. He hit .271/.324/.469 in those 11 years with Minnesota and helped lead the Twins to the post-season in four of those seasons.
Before the 2008 season, Hunter signed a free agent deal with the Los Angeles Angels. He reached the post-season twice with the Angels and hit .286/.352/.462 in five years for the Halos. Hunter's last two seasons have been spent with the Detroit Tigers. He had an 800 OPS for Detroit in 2013 and a 765 OPS for them in 2014.
Hunter brings nearly two decades of MLB experience to a Twins' roster that is trying to return to the winning ways that have alluded them since Hunter departed. Although no longer the premier defensive player he once was, Hunter still is an above-average hitter. He had a 111 OPS+ last season and a 799 OPS versus left-handed pitchers.