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Multiple sources say the Tigers have
reached agreement on a 2-year/$26-
million contract with free agent OF
The deal is contingent on Hunter
passing a team physical.
Hunter met with Tiger officials
Tuesday and he came to the contract
agreement early Wednesday afternoon
after leaving Detroit Tuesday night.
The 37-year old Hunter was not
tendered a contract offer by the LA
Angels of Anaheim after Hunter hit
.313 with 16-HR and 92-RBIs for the
Halos in 2012.
Lifetime, Hunter has a .277-BA,
297-HR, 1143-RBIs, four All-Star appearances and nine Gold Gloves for
Hunter gives Detroit a much-needed RHanded bat (he hit .340 vs
LHand pitching last season and has a lifetime .289-BA against
southpaws) and defensive stability in RField.
Hunter's first big league homerun came at Tiger Stadium in April, 1999.
Tiger team policy is to not comment on contracts until players have
passed their physical.
On his Twitter account Hunter posted: "Found a job! Headed to Motown
to win that ring!"
MLB announced the Cy Young Award winners Wednesday evening. In
the second closest balloting in history, Tampa Bay Rays LHP David Price edged
Tiger Justin Verlander by just four points (153-to-149) for the AL Cy prize.
Price received 14 of the 28 first place votes and JV received 13. Both pitchers
had 13 second place votes. Price had one and Verlander three third place ballots.
The other first place vote went to T-Bay closer and former Tiger Fernando Rodney.
Price won 20 games (20-5) for the first time in his career to tie for the American
League lead. His 2.56-ERA led the AL and Price led the majors with 23 starts of
7-IP or more.
Verlander went 17-8 with a 2.64-ERA. JV led the majors with 239 strikeouts,
238.1-IP and six complete games.
Verlander won the 2011 AL Cy Young Award in addition to the 2011 AL MVP
Award. Tiger Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera is the leading candidate for
the 2012 AL MVP Award which will be announced Thursday evening
The only closer AL Cy Young voting was in 1969 when Tiger Denny McLain
and Mike Cuellar of the Baltimore Orioles tied for the honor as McLain won his
second consecutive Cy Young.
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