First we'll get to what the beat writers and opinion-havers are putting down online, and then we'll get to your Twitter reactions.
Phil Mackey - "Logic says Hunter might not help the Twins much on the field at his advanced age. Emotion says to hell with it."
Judd Zulgad - The Twins gave Hunter an opportunity that nobody else could: a chance to cap off a legacy. Judd also speculates, very briefly at the end of the article, that this could be the start of a new chapter in Hunter's baseball career - one that doesn't end when he's done playing.
Derek Wetmore - Wetmore's five thoughts include comparisons to previous "clubhouse leader" ex-Twins, as well as the signing's impact on other players on the roster.
Howard Sinker - The money isn't an issue - it's about whether or not the Twins can sell a reunion tour. Also a great point about how this move can help Hunter take his pick for playoff contenders.
Jacob Shafer, Bleacher Report - Jacob calls this an "ideal fit," talking about how Paul Molitor wants a strong-willed group of players. He also says that, while Hunter himself may not help the Twins win games in 2014, his tutelage may help the team win games in the future by helping to bring the young talent along.
Mike Axisa, CBS Sports - Mike compares it to Ken Griffey Jr. returning to the Mariners. I mean, we know how that worked out (it didn't), but Axisa says this move is "pretty darn cool." He congratulates Torii for going out on his own terms, and is the perfect role model for a young club. For the normally metric-focused Axisa, his breakdown is a little surprising.
Jeff Todd & Steve Adams, MLB Trade Rumors - Hunter's acquisition "goes beyond on-field production," but qualify that statement by saying that he'll need to be closer to average as a defender if the Twins are to get any on-field value out of the deal.
Aaron Gleeman - "Make no mistake, the Twins are paying for nostalgia here. Even if Hunter exactly duplicates his 2014 performance--which is always unlikely at age 39--he'd be average offensively for a corner outfielder and well below average defensively. Any further decline on either side of the ball would make him a liability and as with most 39-year olds there isn't a whole lot of upside to balance out the potential major dropoff."
Nick Nelson, Twins Daily - Signing Torii Hunter is hard to figure.
Parker Hageman, Twins Daily - Parker examines the data, particularly on the defensive side, and notes that the "data, however, doesn't lie. It just is. And what the data says is that Hunter is not able to catch everything an average right fielder is able to. This notion could leave the pitching staff frustrated in 2015."
Welcome back to the twins @toriihunter48 !!!!! It will be a honor to play along side my hero growing up.— Aaron Hicks (@AaronHicks31) December 3, 2014
Aaron Hicks is clearly excited to see Hunter returning to his roots. Let's hope that something positive can rub off between Hicks and Hunter.
Torii Hunter brings back his leadership, determination & fight to win, positive attitude, respect of the game and his willing to play hurt!— Bert Blyleven (@BertBlyleven28) December 3, 2014
All that stuff is great, and I'm assuming that Bert draws a strong distinction between "playing hurt" and being injured. Because otherwise, lauding a player for playing hurt is counterproductive and downright stupid.
Here are your reactions from the Twinkie Town Twitter and Facebook feeds.
@TwinkieTown What's next? A six-year deal for Julio Franco?— Josh Krueger (@87Twins91) December 2, 2014
@TwinkieTown for the love of God why?? Overpriced & not needed.— Michael D (@ColdBeerPizza) December 3, 2014
@TwinkieTown I HATE THIS SO MUCH, JESSE— Jessica F (@jessicann713) December 3, 2014
I love @TwinkieTown and it's expert knowledge on the subject, but I can't help but be pumped to see Torii Hunter back in Minnesota!— Greg Jensen (@JensenGregory) December 3, 2014
However, a commenter on @TwinkieTown said he's getting season tickets now that Torii's back. Uh.... good luck with that.— Andrew Bryzgornia (@BryzTwinkieTown) December 3, 2014
@TwinkieTown I'm sick.. But glad torii is back.. Now just don't stop and have this be your only singing this off season— Ben W (@mntwins020733) December 3, 2014
@TwinkieTown I don't get what all the fuss is about. He's an upgrade over Hammer at about the same cost on a one-year deal.— James_Mathewson (@James_Mathewson) December 3, 2014
@TwinkieTown I've hoped for Torii to come back with every trade rumor since he went to the Angels. Class act, talented, fun to watch.— Jess Anderson (@jma0611) December 3, 2014
@TwinkieTown same same. Less excited about the outfield, more excited to see my childhood hero.— Braeden (@braeden_j) December 3, 2014
@TwinkieTown paid a lot to downgrade our outfield. Nostalgia over winning. This team is broken.— Pedro Munoz (@PedroMunozMN) December 3, 2014
@TwinkieTown I love Torii, but we didn't need offense. We need pitching and defense. He offers neither at this point in his career.— Nick Calo (@PRH1987) December 3, 2014
@TwinkieTown I died a little inside.— Mike Bates (@MikeBatesSBN) December 3, 2014
@TwinkieTown Nonplussed— myjah (@KirbysLeftEye) December 3, 2014
@TwinkieTown My neck and butt hurt. The rope broke and I fell on top of the chair.— H.M.S. Pinniped (@hmspinniped) December 3, 2014
@TwinkieTown I'm torn. He's a fan favorite for a reason. But the signing feels like nostalgia over being competitive— Scott Toenges (@DocToenges) December 3, 2014
@TwinkieTown conflicted. Good leader, great guy, no defense— Richard Stevens (@rstev02) December 3, 2014
@TwinkieTown I think there is a legitimate chance he is the worst everyday player in baseball next season.— Dan Petes (@ProspectNav) December 3, 2014
@TwinkieTown Brings publicity but doesn't bring class. Another washed up loudmouth.— Brian Hohlen (@BrianHohlen) December 3, 2014
@TwinkieTown I like it considering the OF situation and numbers wise he would've been the second most productive hitter we had— Palmer (@shanepalmquist) December 3, 2014
@TwinkieTown I'm consumed with happiness!!— Bianca (@lupusslugger) December 3, 2014
@TwinkieTown Absolutely!! No doubt about it.— Bianca (@lupusslugger) December 3, 2014
There has been a great deal of discussion about Torii Hunter on the Twinkie Town Facebook page. Here's just a little taste.
That's what everyone else seems to be feeling, and emotions are all over the board. Having been able to sleep on it for two nights, how are you feeling? My own thoughts on the topic will be coming up later today.