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.
Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.
Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.
Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.