After seven years away Torii Hunter is going back to the Minnesota Twins on a one year deal. The Rangers were previously in the running, but as of Tuesday evening Hunter is coming home. The deal is a one year $10.5 million contract which given that he is turning 40 mid-way through next year is a steep price. If he continues to perform next year he may go for another year in the majors but it is more likely that he retires after 2015 starting and ending his career in a Twins jersey. Hunter had a 0.4 WAR in 2014, but this number was brought down by his -2.4 defensive WAR. If the Twins are willing to start him at DH in most games Hunter will be able to help the team much more with his great bat.
The Twins have had the best NP/O both of the last two years, but Hunter does not fit with this pattern his 2014 season 13th to last among qualified batters. Although Hunter is a fan favorite in Minnesota, his bad defense and plate discipline make this deal not worth the steep cost.