The Yankees have officially swung and missed at signing outfielder Torii Hunter to replace Nick Swisher in right field as Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported that he has signed a two-year deal to play with the Detroit Tigers pending a physical.
Early on in the offseason it appeared that the Yankees could target Hunter as he is still productive, but at 37-years-old wouldn’t command a huge multi-year offer the way Swisher would. Unfortunately, the Yankees are so obsessed with lowering payroll below $189 million by 2014 that they balked when Hunter asked for a two-year pact.
The Yankees have not been connected to other free agent outfielders through rumors yet. Ichiro Suzuki has expressed a desire to return though and they were supposedly interested in Cody Ross in the past and could turn to him as a Swisher replacement. The Yankees have no outfielders in the minor leagues that are ready to step in although Chris Dickerson could potentially serve as part of a platoon.