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Storylines: Hunter reunites with Twins

Storylines: Hunter reunites with Twins
Torii Hunter (Photo: AP)
December 3, 2014
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According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Twins and free agent outfielder Torii Hunter have agreed to terms on a one year contract which will pay him $10.5 million in 2015. He has returned to where he broke in as a player and spent the first 11 years of his career. His signing will help stabilize their outfield, but where he may really help is in the clubhouse as a leader and extension of new manager Paul Molitor as well be a mentor for top prospectByron Buxton in center field.

According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the Reds traded outfielderChris Heisey to the Dodgers in exchange for right-handed pitcher Matt Magill. With the Dodgers already knee deep in outfielders the prevailing thought in the industry is that the Dodgers have another move coming where they will trade an outfielder or two.

Other News and Notes:

There were a lot of non-tenders throughout baseball by the Tuesday non-tender deadline. Here is a random list of players that were non-tendered: Kraig SittonEverth CabreraGaby SanchezChaz RoeDaniel Descalso,Wesley WrightJohn BakerLogan OndrusekCurtis PartchEric Young Jr., Kris MedlenBrandon Beachy,Gus SchlosserSlade HeathcottJose CamposDavid HuffCarlos RiveroFrancisley BuenoKyle Blanks,Gordon BeckhamWade LeBlancYoslan HerreraJohn Mayberry Jr., Justin SmoakAndy DirksAndrew BrownScott SnodgressAlexi OgandoMichael KirkmanAdam RosalesScott Carroll and Juan Francisco.

The Cardinals have signed Matt Belisle to a one year $3.5 million contract.

Rosenthal reports that the Rockies are trying to trade catcher Wilin Rosario. He has struggled as a catcher and the hope is to match him up with an American League club that can play him at DH or even move him to another position.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today says the Phillies are considering a trade of Cole Hamels to the Dodgers and are conducting “intensive homework” on the Dodgers’ minor league system.

According to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, Dexter Fowler has come up in trade talks with the Astros and Blue Jays.

According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Reds GM Walt Jocketty says that they have had no discussions with the Red Sox about Yoenis Cespedes.

Nightengale also reports that the Orioles have a strong interest in Mike Morse. If signed, he would primarily play DH but also fill in as a corner outfielder.

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reported that the Braves met with free agent outfielder Nick Markakis on Monday.

According to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN, the Twins have interest in several starting pitchers, namely Edinson VolquezFrancisco LirianoBrett Anderson and Justin Masterson.

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User Comments

December 3, 2014 - 10:41 PM EST
Walter your forgetting about super prospect Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig who would both be slated to start. SVS doesn't have the pedigree of either, so indeed is still highly likely to be moved.

On a side note out of that list of non-tendered players I'd be interested in Mayberry, Andy Dirks, Alexi Ogando, and Juan Francisco, only if they can be had for non-guaranteed contracts tho (with the exception of Mayberry).
December 3, 2014 - 5:58 PM EST
Tigers' outfield is in shambles right now. First was the mid season trade of Austin jackson, now they lose hunter and dirks. Never put it past Ilitch to throw crazy money at a situation but they did just (IMHO) vastly overpay for a 35-year old DH. Doesn't seem like there's enough payroll left for a big time OF, especially if they want to extend Price beyond next season.

Maybe they move Castellsnos to the OF, Cabrera back to third, and Victor to first? That wpd really hurt their defense
December 3, 2014 - 4:28 PM EST
How does Hunters return to MN affect the RF mkt?

Texas, Baltimore, Seattle, and Cleveland all teams reportedly interested in adding a RF. Btw, Seattles signing of Cruz does not remove them from this list as Cruz will reportedly man DH.
December 3, 2014 - 4:24 PM EST

I think Everth Cabrera might get a bit of interest. Like the Mets,or others.... ECabrera had a Dui and resisted arrest according to reports, so there are some off the field issues involving him.

I wouldn't mind seeing the Tribe add some LHP depth. Wesley Wright was a surprising non-tender. He should be available for something like $2M-$2.5M. It would be a wise move if they trade a LH (Scrabble / Hagadone). A cpl other interesting names on the list...but anyone who will sign a minor league deal with ST invite and incentives.
December 3, 2014 - 10:14 AM EST
the ability to trade

December 3, 2014 - 10:04 AM EST
Dirks could still end up with the Tigers. The Heisey trade is interesting. Just speculation, but it means that Heisey would move into Van Slyke role and SVS becomes a starter for the Dodgers if Crawford, Ethier or Kemp are traded. Bet Kemp get traded to the Orioles who are desperate to get an OF after losing Cruz.

Or SVS now becomes a trade option for the Dodgers.

Would not mind see the Indians go after Blanks, Mayberry or Dirks to replace Raburn. If the Indians signed E Cabrera that would open up the ability to Ramirez, Kipnis and Aviles.
December 3, 2014 - 9:00 AM EST
Dirks was hurt all last year. If healthy he is a much cheaper option than Murphy as well as a better all around ball player. He is very good defensively and in 2012 hit well over 300 with significant at bats
December 3, 2014 - 4:21 AM EST
Interesting move by the Dodgers. If VanSlyke is available the Indians should be all over it.

John Mayberry was non tendered. He has a career .857 OPS vs LHP with a crazy .264 ISO. That should qualify for RH power.
C L Who
December 3, 2014 - 2:08 AM EST
Interest in Mike Morse by any team is beyond comprehension.

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