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Tigers reported to be Hunter front-runners

Posted By Chad Jennings On November 12, 2012 @ 3:11 pm In Misc | 514 Comments

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The Tigers are reportedly the front-runners [2]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. [3] 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, [4]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.

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[2] reportedly the front-runners : http://www.freep.com/article/20121112/SPORTS02/121112059/detroit-tigers-torii-hunter?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Sports

[3] within two weeks.: http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/mlb/story/_/id/8623900/mlb-free-agency-torii-hunter-pick-team-two-weeks-source

[4] wants to stay in the American League, : https://twitter.com/ajcbraves/status/268064804953026560