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The Yankees are interested in Torii Hunter

Nov 1, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

Nick Swisher is a free agent and is likely going to command a multi-year deal. Torii Hunter is also a free agent and, at age 37, is likely to command a shorter deal. Ergo:

 

Hunter had a nice season in 2012, hitting .311/.365/.451 with 16 homers and 92 RBI.  While he isn’t the defensive genius he once was, he’s still quite good on a corner and is known as one of the best clubhouse/character/media guys in the game. If the Yankees went for him instead of making a run at keeping Swisher, they’d have better outfield defense at the expense of not having a guy who could cover first base like Swisher can.

I think most teams would love to have Hunter on a one or a two-year deal.

  1. number42is1 - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    so does this mean no Ichiro?

  2. historiophiliac - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    NO!

  3. purnellmeagrejr - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Just think…in the unlikely event that Hunter is not a replacement for Andruw Jones the Yankeees could field an outfield of Tori Hunter, Andruw Jones and Ichiro. Say, we could get the old gang together and put on a musical!

    • Mr. Furious - Nov 1, 2012 at 1:10 PM

      He would be a replacement for Swisher, not Jones. They wouldn’t sign him as a fourth outfielder/platoon DH.

      Even with that in mind, though, I don’t think Jones is coming back to the Yankees next year.

  4. kopy - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Torii Hunter said he wanted to come back to the Twins after his Angels deal was up, but he probably regrets saying that now.

  5. uyf1950 - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    I like the idea that the Yankees may have some interest in Torii Hunter. Hunter would be my first choice on a 1 year deal or even a 2 year deal again at the right price, no more then $20MM total for a 2 year deal. And at least Hunter has done well in the times he’s been in the postseason. Defensively Hunter is excellent and offensively he has been very, very consistent. And he could hold down the fort until one of the highly touted Yankee outfield prospects is ready no later than 2015.less.

    Hunter combines, defense, power and the ability to get on base and perhaps just as importantly as I mentioned he has done well when he’s played in the postseason.

    • migoli - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:57 PM

      Hah Torii is for sure a solid offenseive player but I don’t think id EVER call him “consistent”

      • uyf1950 - Nov 1, 2012 at 1:13 PM

        I would disagree. Check out his numbers over the last 7 years. Only once has his BA been under .270, only once has his OPB been under .335, only once has his SLG% been under .450 and only once has his OPS been under .815. That was in 2011. It’s just my opinion but I would say he’s been very consistent.

    • purnellmeagrejr - Nov 2, 2012 at 7:57 AM

      migoli – I agreee – consistency can be season to season (Hunter is.) or day to day, week to week(my perception is that Hunter isn’t.) I don’t think signing guys on the brink of extinction is a winnning strategy for Los Yanquis. THey have to be creative – unfortunately that’s diffficult to do when if you make what seems like a mistake -e.g. lettting Montero go for Pineda – you catch it for years in NY.

      • alcan121 - Nov 5, 2012 at 11:37 AM

        Trading montero was not a mistake. Montero is still not the starting catcher for the Mariners and is slated to be in platoon duty with Jaso once again for 2013. Pineda will have his chance and so will the other kid Campos have a chance. As for Noesi, he is nauseating, glad the Yanks dumped him on the Mariners. As for Torrii Hunter he is the best option to plug in until once of the highly touted Yankee outfield prospects are ready for the majors. Right now they have two at Tampa, one in Trenton and a sleeper at Staten island who should awake any time now… Defensively hunter is still one of the best. and yes, last year while the angels where struggling the one player holding down the fort was Hunter.

  6. historiophiliac - Nov 1, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Let me clarify. I forbid this. Next story.

  7. acdc363 - Nov 1, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Sign ALL the veterans!!

  8. xpensivewinos - Nov 1, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    I’d rather have the younger switch-hitter who can also play 1B.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 1, 2012 at 1:35 PM

      At three times the years and 4-5 times the dollars? What the Yankees REALLY don’t need is another long term, high dollar contract. In a vacuum, sure, I’d prefer Swisher. In the real world though, Hunter makes a ton of sense.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 1, 2012 at 2:20 PM

        If the choice is Swisher at 7 years and nine figures, or Hunter at 2/20, i think everyone would take Hunter. But it’s not an either or situation, and hopefully the Yanks don’t look at it that way either.

  9. whatthehellisansky - Nov 1, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Torii better know that if he ends up in pinstripes hes going to be expected to do this: (.311/.365/.451 with 16 homers and 92 RBI) for the next two years. Not saying theyre realistic expectations but thats what comes with playing in NY.

    Playoff numbers are good tho: .305 hitter (40 for 131) w 4 hrs and 18 rbi’s in 34 playoff games.

    I’d be willing to give him a shot at 2 yrs/ $20mil. But does he want to be a Yankee?

    • alcan121 - Nov 5, 2012 at 11:41 AM

      Hunter should do better in NY as Ichiro did… From what has been said, yes, he wants to be a Yankee and is willing to sign short term. Hunter is looking to play for a contender, thus, it eliminates a lot of other teams, more specifically, the red sox.

  10. pisano - Nov 1, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Good God, is it possible to sign someone in their late twenties or possibly early thirties? this crap with these ancient players is getting ridiculous.

    • historiophiliac - Nov 1, 2012 at 1:26 PM

      Looking forward to the mass retirement?

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 1, 2012 at 1:36 PM

      is it possible to sign someone in their late twenties or possibly early thirties?

      Not on a one or two year contract

    • djpostl - Nov 1, 2012 at 3:51 PM

      He’s a good stop-gap. They have young guys coming along nicely at OF positions in minors. Would rather they go short deal on Hunter than overpay on Swisher or trade for someone like Eithier and their pricey deal.

      • djpostl - Nov 1, 2012 at 3:51 PM

        Never mind the fact that the only guys who did shit in playoffs were Jeter, Ichiro and Ibanez…the ancient guys.

      • Francisco (FC) - Nov 1, 2012 at 5:23 PM

        Ancient guys are the new Market Inefficiency! Go for it Cashman!

        (On the plus side, this means A-Rod will get better with age! Like a fine wine!)

      • sabatimus - Nov 2, 2012 at 1:04 AM

        A fine whine, you mean.

    • badintent - Nov 2, 2012 at 2:08 AM

      EVER HEAR OF A PLAYER NAME RaUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUL ?

  11. weaselpuppy - Nov 1, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Torii’s BABIP was what again? 380ish? against a career 307?

    Sounds like a perfect setup to be a new Yankee FA….

  12. willclarkgameface - Nov 1, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    This is dumb. The Yankees just saw what happens when you employ a bunch of old men to run around a baseball field and pretend they are winners. THEY LOSE.

    Why on Earth would this be a good deal for the Yankees? I mean, living 215 miles to the north of those makes me want to cheer for a move like this, but the baseball fan inside me just wants to know why. Why idiot Steinbrenner children? WHY?

  13. vallewho - Nov 1, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    I really like Swish, but NY can’t / won’t (I hope) get into another big 3+ year deal for a while (until Cano).

    Hunter for 2 years? or Ichiro for 2 years? could do worse…I know Ichiro wants to stick around.

    Hell sign them both and trade Granderson for a decent pitcher and some prospects.

    • anxovies - Nov 1, 2012 at 7:07 PM

      Actually not a bad idea but the Yanks have had such bad luck in trading for pitchers in the last few years. Hunter is a good choice for a 1 or 2 year contract since the team has 2 or 3 good outfield prospects that are 1 to 2 years away.

  14. sabatimus - Nov 2, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    Excellent way for the Yanks to get older. Again.

  15. foreverchipper10 - Nov 2, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    I would be thrilled if Hunter came to Atlanta for a two year deal to play left. I just don’t think he will want to switch leagues this late in his career. Being that it is getting late in his career I have a sinking feeling that if the Yankees are serious about him, and they should be, he could go chase a ring if the Angels don’t retain him.

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