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08:12 AM ET 11.15 | Torii Hunter may be a great fit in the Detroit clubhouse, but not necessarily as they bat the Tigers needed. Hunter's .313 batting average and 92 RBIs last season were the direct result of following the unanimous American League rookie of the year in the Angels' batting order. [Mike Trout's] amazing season, in which he led the league in steals and runs and was second in OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage) made Hunter a much more effective No. 2 hitter. It's deceiving to use Hunter's 2012 season as a gauge to what he'll bring to the Tigers. ... Hunter is a solid upgrade, a safe addition that only costs Mike Ilitch more money rather than precious young prospects. But Hunter isn't the difference-maker that sets the Tigers apart.

Detroit Free Press

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November 15, 2012  08:54 AM ET
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This was a lot of money for a guy who, like the writer says, isn't the difference-maker Detroit needs.

Yes. Surprisingly so.

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November 15, 2012  09:11 AM ET
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This was a lot of money for a guy who, like the writer says, isn't the difference-maker Detroit needs.

It use to be the Yankees and Red Sox, now it seems to be Dodgers and Tigers.

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November 15, 2012  12:02 PM ET

I'm not sure about the notion that it was Trout who caused Hunter to hit well. If we want to attribute his performance to anyone other than himself, having Pujols hitting behind him was probably a bigger deal. I think it helps hitters to play on a team with other good hitters, but Trout and Pujols aren't the only good hitters in the league. I think Detroit has a couple of good ones.

Also the contract is a short-term contract that didn't cost any young talent. The long-term prospects for the team are unaffected.

November 15, 2012  12:24 PM ET
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It use to be the Yankees and Red Sox, now it seems to be Dodgers and Tigers.

And the Blue Jays! And the winter is just beginning...

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November 15, 2012  02:26 PM ET

Dude is getting old, but I like the pickup for Detroit. They needed to get more athletic on the corner OF spots. Even at his age, Hunter can still defend pretty well. His timing is good too (as far as raking in the dough) as he hit over .300 for the first time in his career.

November 15, 2012  03:54 PM ET

um, hello this writer does know that Hunter will be likely be hitting behind a triple crown winner mvp candiate in Cabrera, Prince Fielder, and oh yeah remember the tigers did this without another free agent they picked up last winter, in Victor Martinez, who when healthy is a good hitter as well, look Hunter likely is going to be 6 in there lien-up, which puts him behind these studs

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