According to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, free agent outfielder Torii Hunter hopes to sign with a team prior to next week’s Winter Meetings.
Mark Whicker of Los Angeles News Group reported over the weekend that Hunter is considering the Orioles, Rangers, and Mariners as well as a potential reunion with the Twins. However, one wonders whether we can scratch the Mariners off that list now that they have reportedly agreed to terms with Nelson Cruz on a four-year, $58 million contract.
Hunter, 39, batted .286/.319/.446 with 17 home runs and 83 RBI this season with the Tigers. He’s likely looking at a one- or two-year deal.
Across the league, scores of minor leaguers have been released in recent days. Already overworked and underpaid, these players are now left without any kind of reliable income during a pandemic, and during a time of civil unrest.
Jon Heyman reports that agent Scott Boras will pay the salaries of his minor league clients who were among those released. It’s a great and much-needed gesture. Boras described the releases as “completely unanticipated.”
Boras, of course, is perhaps the most successful sports agent of all time, so he and his company can afford to do this. That being said, it should be incumbent on the players’ teams — not their agents or their teammates — to take care of them in a time of crisis. Boras is, effectively, subsidizing the billionaire owners’ thriftiness.