Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
Posted: Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 12:45 pm ET
In a span of a few days, the Tigers have gone from being somewhat in the background in the Torii Hunter sweepstakes to being right in the thick of the chase. In fact, Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM radio says that they're currently viewed as the favorites to land the veteran outfielder.
And now it sounds like something could happen between the two sides in the near future. Jon Morosi of FoxSports.com has the latest:
OK, does anybody want to be the guy who says this shouldn't happen?
Me neither. Fits don't get much more perfect than this.
The Tigers need a right fielder, and Hunter is an excellent right fielder. The Tigers need a righty hitter who could possibly step in and bat second, and that's a role Hunter excelled at in 2012. The Tigers want to win, and he wants to win.
And for what it's worth, Morosi noted in a full report on the situation that going to Detroit would put Hunter closer to South Bend, Indiana. Seeing as how his son recently committed to play football at Notre Dame, Detroit is thus something of an ideal location.
It won't be cheap for the Tigers to sign Hunter, but the possibility exists that they be able to get him at a discounted rate. They can offer him a legit shot at a ring, which is something that few other teams can offer. Since Hunter has already made well over $100 million in his career, he may agree to play for less if the potential payoff is a ring at the end of it all.
Either way, this seriously needs to happen.
UPDATE: Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 4:40 pm ET
The meeting apparently went quite well. According to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com, Hunter has decided that Detroit is the place he wants to be.
"He wants to play there," said a source who had spoken with Hunter.
Knobler also notes that the Tigers "badly" want to sign Hunter, who they view as a perfect fit for their lineup and their outfield.
Indications already were that Detroit was the right place for Hunter. Now you have to think it may be just a matter of time before he signs on the dotted line.
UPDATE No. 2: Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 1:45 am ET
Here's an additional update from ESPN's Jerry Crasnick:
So no deal or no offer, but the vibes are still good for the Tigers.