The New York Yankees have shown interest in signing veteran outfielder Torii Hunter, reports Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News:
The Yankees have interest in Torii Hunter, a source said. Hunter is unlikely to get a qualifying offer, so he wouldn't cost a draft pick.— Mark Feinsand (@BloggingBombers) November 1, 2012
With switch-hitting right fielder Nick Swisher hoping for a hefty raise when he hits the free agent market on Friday, the Yankees will likely look for someone else to man right field in 2013.
Hunter, 37, put together one of his best seasons to date in 2012, hitting .313/.365/.451 with sixteen home runs in one hundred forty games for the Angels. The Halos have expressed some desire to retain Hunter for one or two years on a discounted deal, but as Friday’s opening of the free agent market fast approaches, a team-friendly deal with the Angels seems less and less likely.
A nine-time Gold Glove winner and four-time All-Star, Hunter is a career .277/.335/.466 hitter in sixteen big league seasons.