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The Red Sox are interested in Torii Hunter

Nov 6, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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Rob Bradford of WEEI says that it’s not just the Yankees who are interested in Torii Hunter:

According to a baseball source, the Red Sox have shown interest in free agent outfielder Torii Hunter.

The 37 year-old (who turns 38 in July) has expressed interest in playing in Boston in the past, in large part because of the presence of his longtime friend, Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz.

A lot of teams should be interested in Hunter, assuming he doesn’t want too long a deal.  I feel, however, that only about 5% of “this player likes this team because of geography/friend on the team” factors ever wind up really determining anything. It’s all about role and money.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Nov 6, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    This can’t be accurate.

    Are you sure you aren’t confusing Torii Hunter and Vernon Wells?

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 6, 2012 at 11:29 AM

      What did Vernon Wells do wrong? His own team offered him a boatload of money to stay, and he took it. Can’t say I blame him one little bit there.

      • tfbuckfutter - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:38 PM

        I didn’t say Vernon Wells did anything wrong….except turn into a terrible player.

        Which sounds just about right for the kind of players the Sox like to sign these days.

  2. pisano - Nov 6, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    They (Boston) can have him!

  3. historiophiliac - Nov 6, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Come to the D!

  4. proudlycanadian - Nov 6, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Possibly a good short term fit for Boston. They are in a rebuilding mode, and a seasoned pro would provide interim help.

  5. snowbirdgothic - Nov 6, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    I have an interest in sasquatch. That doesn’t mean I want him around.

  6. xpensivewinos - Nov 6, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    This is obviously a bad idea to everyone except the Red Sox.

    Consider it done…….

    • sabatimus - Nov 6, 2012 at 12:21 PM

      You don’t read, do you?

      • deathmonkey41 - Nov 6, 2012 at 12:32 PM

        Me fail English? That unpossible!

  7. joerymi - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    At this stage in his career, he is more of a “final piece” type. 2 year deal for decent money with a title contender sounds like what will happen.

    Detroit seems like a no-brainer. Much weaker division, and the ability to hit in a lethal lineup next season with the return of Martinez.

    The Nationals also might be a possibility.

    Also, if the Rangers aren’t able to bring back Hamiliton, that would be a fit.

    Just seems like a waste to go to Boston at this point.

  8. paperlions - Nov 6, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    His mentoring alone is worth 10 wins. He’s s steal for any team with a lot of young players.

    • historiophiliac - Nov 6, 2012 at 2:53 PM

      Very nice. So, you’re thinking O’s, then?

      • paperlions - Nov 6, 2012 at 3:07 PM

        Maybe Astros…with no one else on their roster over the age of 24, he’s probably worth 30 WAVMG (wins above veterany mentoring goodness)

      • historiophiliac - Nov 6, 2012 at 3:29 PM

        Great idea! And, he can help them transition to the AL. Brilliant.

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