With Nick Swisher likely headed out of town as a free agent, the Yankees will be in the market for a new right fielder this winter.
Will Torii Hunter be the answer?
According to a source, the 37-year-old free agent was not expected to receive a qualifying offer from the Angels before Wednesday's midnight deadline, meaning the Yankees wouldn't have to sacrifice a draft pick if they were to sign the four-time All-Star.
The source added that the Yankees are interested in Hunter, a nine-time Gold Glove winner who would add a much-needed righthanded bat to the lineup. Teams are permitted to speak with free agents now, though they can not discuss financial terms until Saturday.
Hunter hit .313/.365/.451 with 16 home runs, 92 RBI and 81 runs scored in 140 games with the Angels this past season, the final year of his five-year, $90 million contract.
The Angels were not expected to offer Hunter a $13.3 million qualifying offer, the source said, as they were afraid he would accept it. The fact that the Yankees wouldn't have to give up a pick makes Hunter an attractive option, not to mention that Hunter won't be looking for a long-term deal.
Hunter is expected to seek a two-year deal, though his desire to win a championship will likely reduce the field to only a handful of teams.
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Yankees could bring in Torii Hunter if Angels fail to make qualifying offer
New York Daily News | Nov 1