It turns out that while the Yankees saw Hunter as a good fit, they never made an offer as they are more focused on re-signing Hiroki Kuroda and Mariano Rivera right now, according to Erik Boland of Newsday.
The Yankees were actually interested in Hunter at once point and reached out to his agent. Once they found out that he was looking for a two-year deal, they lost interest. It turns out that two-years and $26 million is too rich for the Yankees as they try to get the payroll to $189 million by 2014.
It seems the Yankees are content to sit back and wait on the outfield market and see what develops. This tends to be how Brian Cashman operates anyway. He sees Kuroda and Rivera as high priorities because they’ll only require one-year contracts that won’t hurt their payroll flexibility heading into 2014. Only after he’s taken care of them will he turn toward other options (it seems as if Andy Pettitte isn’t involved at this point because he hasn’t decided upon retirement yet).
The Winter Meetings start on Dec. 3rd this year. If the Yankees are going to do anything on the outfielder front the earliest it seems they’ll start exploring possibilities would be there. The Yankees traded for Curtis Granderson during the Winter Meetings in 2010.