Report: Torii Hunter drawing interest from at least seven teams

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CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that at least seven teams have shown interest in free agent outfielder Torii Hunter. It’s a very typical report to see at this time of year, but Heyman identifies the Royals and Twins among those teams, which essentially confirms reports and speculation that we have heard in recent days.

Hunter has said that he would like to remain with the Tigers, but it’s unclear whether the interest is mutual. The possibility could be put on the back-burner as the Tigers attempt to re-sign designated hitter Victor Martinez.

Hunter, 39, batted .286/.319/.446 with 17 home runs and 83 RBI over 142 game this season while finishing with an OPS+ of 111. Jason Beck of MLB.com notes that Hunter has moved quickly before in free agency — most recently, he signed with the Tigers in mid-November two years ago — so it will be interesting to see if he does it again here. It sure seems like his agent could be trying to push for an early resolution.

Rays’ Díaz gets $24 million, three-year deal, avoids arbitration

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Tampa Bay Rays infielder Yandy Díaz agreed to a $24 million, three-year contract on Tuesday that avoided a salary arbitration hearing.

Díaz’s agreement could be worth $36 million over four seasons.

The 31-year old will receive $6 million this season, $8 million in 2024 and $10 million for 2025. The 2026 club is $12 million with no buyout. There is a $1 million assignment bonus that would be payable by receiving team.

Díaz has spent parts of six seasons in the majors with Cleveland (2017-18) and Tampa Bay (2019-22). He has a career average of .278 with 39 home runs and 198 RBIs.

Acquired by the Rays in a three-team trade on Dec. 13, 2018, Díaz hit .296 with nine homers and 57 RBIs in 137 games last season, He career highs with 71 runs, 140 hits, 33 doubles, and 78 walks.

Díaz was the third Rays’ arbitration-eligible player to reach a deal.

Reliever Pete Fairbanks agreed Friday to a $12 million, three-year contract that could be worth up to $24.6 million over four seasons. The 29-year-old right-hander was 0-0 with a 1.13 ERA in 24 appearances last year after beginning the season on the 60-day injured list with a right lat strain.

Left-hander Jeffrey Springs also agreed last week to a $31 million, four-year contract that could be worth $65.75 million over five seasons.

The 30-year-old began last season in the bullpen and transitioned to the starting rotation in May and finished 9-5 with a 2.46 ERA in 33 appearances, including 25 starts.

Tampa Bay remains scheduled for hearings with right-handers Jason Adam and Ryan Thompson, left-hander Colin Poche, and outfielder Harold Ramírez.