At least 7 teams reportedly interested in Hunter
It’s looking less and less likely the Tigers are going to have a return engagement with Torii Hunter as an option for their outfield. While the Tigers and Hunter remain in a holding pattern while Detroit tries to address fellow free agent Victor Martinez’s situation, at least seven teams have expressed interest in Hunter, according to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman.
Those seven reportedly include the Twins and Royals. The Twins expressed interest in the initial days after the World Series, according to ESPN 1500’s Darren Wolfson. The Royals were rumored to have interest in Hunter last month.
The Tigers aren’t likely to turn their attention to Hunter until they know their fate with Martinez. If they re-sign Martinez, it could take them out of the market for Hunter, for reasons both payroll and positional. If the Tigers can’t re-sign Martinez, they could turn to Hunter to fill some at-bats at DH as well as right field, though there are a few other DH options on the market as well.