The Tigers are reportedly the front-runners to sign free agent outfielder Torii Hunter.
A name regularly linked to the Yankees since the end of the season, Hunter is considered one of the better short-term outfielders on the market. It was reported during last week’s GM Meetings that the Yankees are hesitant to offer Hunter a two-year deal, and that might knock them out of the running.
Hunter has told the MLB Network that he wants to make a decision quickly, and a report out of Los Angeles puts that timeframe within two weeks. That’s not a lot of time for the Yankees, who have a more pressing need in their rotation now that Hiroki Kuroda is an uncertainty. Hunter reportedly wants to stay in the American League, but if the Yankees can’t offer a market-value contract and can’t commit quickly, Hunter could be off the market before the end of the month.