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When people criticized Hunter's recent signing with Detroit, they cited the fact that there is no way he will be able to repeat when he did during the 2012 season.
This statement is fairly obvious, and the Detroit Tigers did not sign him to do that.
Based on his Sabermetric statistics, Hunter will provide everything the Tigers have been looking for in the outfield and in the No. 2 spot of the lineup. During last season, Hunter had an overall WAR (Wins Above Replacement) rating of 5.5. This is an impressive number, as it stands for how many wins a player provides for his team over an average player from the minors.
Hunter has been incredibly consistent in this area throughout his career; since 2001, he has only had a WAR rating below 3.0 twice—the 2005 season with Minnesota and the 2010 season with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Not only this, but he has also provided his ball clubs with at least 20+ runs more than the average minor league player would have nine times since 2001.
There is no doubt that if Hunter is able to continue his consistent effort wearing the old English D, the two-year deal he signed will be well worth the money.