Hunter will not return to the Tigers in 2015 and thus is looking for a new team. With Billy Butler out of the picture the Royals could consider Hunter at designated hitter.
Hunter had a strong stint with the Tigers hitting .295/.327/.456 with 34 homers and 167 RBI over two seasons.
Source says #Royals continue to stay in contact with Torii Hunter. Could absorb some of Billy Butler's ABs at DH, Aoki's in RF. Good fit.
— Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) November 22, 2014
It is also worth mentioning that Nori Aoki is a free agent and has not been expected to return to the Royals.