Torii Hunter wants to sign 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 that the time frame is about two weeks.
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 Boston Red Sox talked with Hunter's agent, Larry Reynolds, but that process was in the preliminary stages during the GM meetings last week in Indian Wells, Calif.
Even though the 37-year-old Hunter said he would make a decision soon, an industry source tells ESPNBoston.com that Hunter has not received any offers from any of the interested clubs.
The Dodgers spoke with Hunter's representative, but, according to a source, have moved on in their search for a right-handed hitting backup outfielder. The team was considering signing Hunter as insurance because of injuries to Carl Crawford and Matt Kemp, but couldn't guarantee Hunter more than 350 at-bats next season. Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti denied reports that he is considering trading right fielder Andre Ethier.
On Saturday, sources told ESPNLosAngeles.com that the Dodgers had shown some willingness to go to two years for Hunter.
Hunter 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 Kemp and owns a home in Newport Coast, Calif.
Information from ESPNBoston.com's Joe McDonald was used in this report.