Monday, November 12, 2012
Hunter expected to make a decision soon
Free-agent outfielder Torii Hunter told MLB Network on Monday morning that he's going to wrap up a decision about where to sign quickly, and a source indicated to ESPNLosAngeles.com that the timeframe is about two weeks.
An industry source indicated last week to ESPNBoston.com that the Red Sox have had talks with Hunter's agent, Larry Reynolds, but the process is still in the preliminary stages because there are a lot of clubs involved at this point.
"He's a popular guy right now," said a baseball source.
The most aggressive pursuer thus far has been the Detroit Tigers, the team most likely to offer Hunter a two-year deal, a shot at his first World Series and an everyday job. The New York Yankees also have shown serious interest.
The Dodgers have spoken to Hunter's representative and shown some willingness to go to two years as well, but the team already will have a full outfield once Carl Crawford returns from elbow surgery, probably in April. That's assuming Andre Ethier isn't traded.
Hunter, 37, is a nine-time Gold Glove winner coming off one of his finest seasons. He batted .313 with 16 home runs and 92 RBIs for the Los Angeles Angels, who did not extend a qualifying offer to him. Because of that, any team that signs Hunter would not have to surrender a draft pick.
Hunter, who's spent the past five seasons with the Angels, is close friends with Red Sox DH David Ortiz and has worked out recently with Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks.
Information from ESPNLosAngeles.com’s Mark Saxon was used in this report.