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.