Hunter, who is arguably the best defensive centerfielder in the American League, told the Star Tribune that he heard from people he trusts that he is likely to be traded in the off-season.
"I'm putting it up for sale and will be renting an apartment," Hunter told the Star Tribune. "It's a business sometimes. I want to be here, but you never know what could happen. I have seen good friends leave here."
Hunter has been out of the Twins' lineup since late July, when he broke his leg at Fenway Park in Boston. At that point, he was batting only .269, but was leading the team in runs, RBI, doubles, and stolen bases.
A trade of Hunter could possibly send a message that the Twins are going to be dipping into their vast amount of prospects in the Minor League. Eastern League Post-Season All-Star Alexander Romero and Denard Span are two players that come to mind.
However, losing Hunter would be a devestating blow to Twins fans, who have come to love his acrobatic plays in centerfield. Hunter won back-to-back-to-back American League Gold Glove awards from 2001-2003.
For his career, Hunter is a .267 hitter, with 133 home runs in 927 games. Drafted by the Twins in the first round of the 1993 draft, Hunter has spent his entire career in Minnesota, and would almost seem out of place anywhere else.
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