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Detroit Tigers: Why Torii Hunter Will Be the X-Factor in 2013
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The Detroit Tigers may not have made the biggest splash in free agency this offseason, but acquiring Torii Hunter with a two-year, $28 million deal was the perfect piece for the Tigers' World Series puzzle.

Hunter had a career year with the Los Angeles Angels in 2012—his 15th major league season—batting .313 with a .365 on-base percentage, 16 home runs and 92 RBI.

But after reinvigorating his career at the age of 37, the Angels refused to extend Hunter's contract and allowed him to test the waters of free agency.

Hunter was only a free agent for about two weeks before beginning conversations with the Tigers about becoming the full-time right fielder in Detroit, and the two sides agreed to a deal on Nov. 16.

Hunter, who spent the first 10 years of his career with the Minnesota Twins, is extremely familiar with the American League Central and will come into Detroit and be a leader right away.

Here are the three reasons Hunter will be the Tigers' X-factor this season.

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