The Detroit Tigers showed their continued commitment toward winning that elusive World Series ring, as owner Mike Ilitch has once again opened his pocketbook, reportedly inking free agent outfielder Torii Hunter to a two-year, $26 million deal.
Hunter is 37 years old, but he is coming off one of the best seasons in his career. In 2012 with the Los Angeles Angels, Hunter batted .313 with 16 homers and 92 RBI, primarily batting in the No. 2 hole, a spot he is likely to occupy for the Tigers.
Yes, $26 million is a lot for a guy who will be pushing 40 by the time the contract is up, but here are five ways Hunter's addition helps the Tigers immediately.