FOXSports.com Ken Rosenthal reports via Twitter that the veteran outfielder has agreed to a two-year deal with the Detroit Tigers, pending a physical. The decision was confirmed by multiple national baseball writers, and USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports via Twitter that the deal is worth $26 million.
Hunter was one of the most coveted outfield free agents in this year’s class. The 37-year-old spent the last five seasons with the Angels after playing his first 11 seasons with the Twins.
He hit .313 with 16 home runs and 92 RBIs last season for the Halos, and he’s still a pretty solid defensive player, although not the all-world defender he was earlier in his career. He’s also considered to be a tremendous clubhouse presence.
The Red Sox, who are likely looking to add a corner outfielder or two, were thought to have interest in Hunter, especially once David Ortiz — who is close friends with Hunter — re-signed with Boston.
Hunter signed a five-year, $90 million deal to join the Angels following the 2007 season.
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