With Nick Swisher leaving the Bronx this winter one of the better veteran options available is the 37-year-old Torii Hunter, but it seems as if the Yankees won’t be signing him. A source told Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News that there is “little shot” that Hunter will end up in Pinstripes.
It appears that the Yankees do not want to offer Hunter a multi-year contract and it seems as if there are teams out there willing to make such a commitment. Mark Saxon of ESPNLA.com that Hunter is looking to sign within the next two weeks. Saxon lists the Tigers as the most likely to offer him a two-year deal and he mentioned that the Dodgers may be willing to offer two years as well.
Hunter hit .313/.365/.451 in 140 games last season. It was initially thought that he would be an attractive option to the Yankees because he’s a bit older and won’t cost as big a commitment. However, it seems like even Hunter, even just on a two-year deal, is too rich for the Yankees.
The Yankees, of course, are trying to lower payroll to $189 million by 2014 when stiffer penalties for going over the luxury tax are put into place. There have been no rumors connecting the Yankees to any other outfielders in a serious fashion besides Hunter. Although Ichiro Suzuki has made it known he would like to stay in the Bronx.