According to a baseball source, the Red Sox have shown interest in free agent outfielder Torii Hunter.
When asked in August if he’d be willing to sign with the Red Sox this winter, Hunter told reporters he’s open to any team, especially one that has his long-time friend David Ortiz on their roster. Hunter referred to Ortiz, who recently reached a two-year extension with Boston, as one of his “guys.” The two were roommates with the Minnesota Twins.
For his part, Ortiz has been campaigning for Hunter to join the Red Sox. The outfielder has said to Ortiz that if he was going to think about Boston it would be because the designated hitter was there.
The Los Angeles Angels decided not to offer Hunter a qualifying offer, meaning the Red Sox would not have to surrender a draft pick to sign him. Boston has targeted other free agent outfielders, but it was recently reported that they do not like their chances of re-signing Cody Ross. This would seem to open the door to a potential Hunter signing.
Over 543 at-bats with the Angels this season Hunter hit .313/.365/.451 with 24 doubles and 16 home runs. Despite his impressive recent production, Hunter will turn 38 next season and has to come with concerns of injury and general decline given his age.