Hunter Rejoins MLB Twins as Braves Sign Johnson, Markakis

Outfielder Torii Hunter signed a one-year, $10.5 million contract to return to the Minnesota Twins, for whom he played his first 11 Major League Baseball seasons.

The Atlanta Braves yesterday added free-agent relief pitcher Jim Johnson, also on a one-year deal, and Gold Glove outfielder Nick Markakis for four years.

Hunter, a 39-year-old who played his last two seasons for the Detroit Tigers after a five-year stint with the Los Angeles Angels, rejoined the Twins, who selected him with the 20th pick of the 1993 first-year player draft, the team said in a news release. He played for Minnesota from 1997-2007.

A five-time All-Star and nine-time Gold Glove winner, Hunter batted .286 with 33 doubles, two triples and 17 home runs in 142 games last season for the Tigers. He has a career .279 batting average.

Johnson, a 31-year-old who had 101 saves for the Baltimore Orioles in 2012-13, signed a one-year major league contract with Atlanta, the team said in a news release without citing financial terms. The deal has a base salary of $1.6 million with the potential for Johnson to earn another $900,000, ESPN reported, citing an unidentified person.

Johnson went a combined 5-2 in 54 appearances for the Oakland Athletics and Tigers last season, posting a 7.09 earned run average. For his career, he has a 3.57 ERA.

Markakis, 31, had played his entire nine-year MLB career with the Baltimore Orioles. He won his second Gold Glove this season as one of the best defensive outfielders in the American League.

The Braves said in a news release that Markakis had signed a four-year deal, without giving additional details.

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