Hunter would finish career with Twins
Angels outfielder spent his first 11 seasons in Minnesota
Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez floated the idea of returning to his original team, the Cleveland Indians, one day, and it appears Torii Hunter has done the same thing with the Minnesota Twins.
According to a report in the Pioneer Press, the Angels outfielder told Jim Rantz, the club's director of Minor Leagues, that he would like to finish his career with the Twins.
That is, once Hunter fulfills his five-year, $90 million contract with the Angels.
"He said, 'I'll come off the bench and pinch-hit,'" Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told the paper. "He said, 'Save me a spot.' "
Hunter was selected as the Twins' first pick in the 1993 First-Year Player Draft and spent 11 seasons playing for Minnesota. He signed with the Angels before the 2008 season.
"I'll open the door for him just about any time. He's one of my favorites," Gardenhire said. "If I'm lucky enough and fortunate enough to be here then, and he's looking for a job, we'll probably work something out."
The manager joked about the terms of a contract involving Hunter and the Twins.
"He'll have enough money by then," Gardenhire said. "He could probably pay me."
Jesse Sanchez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.