Friday, November 2, 2012
Despite a roster that included 10 players age 35 or older, Cashman insisted he wasn’t averse to bringing in older players if he thinks they’re the right players.
“I just want the best,” Cashman said at the time. “We’re going to gravitate to the best choices. I don’t care if it’s old, I care if it’s good. There’s some old guys that are good.”
One of those “old guys” has already piqued the Bombers’ curiosity - the Yankees are interested in 37-year-old Torii Hunter according to a source.
The source said Hunter is not expected to receive a $13.3 million qualifying offer from the Angels before Friday’s midnight deadline – Los Angeles is rightfully afraid Hunter would accept the $13.3 million offer – so the Yankees would not have to surrender a draft pick to sign the four-time All-Star.
Hunter hit .313 with 16 home runs and 92 RBI for the Angels last season, scoring 81 runs in 140 games. He would add a much-needed righthanded bat into the outfield, where the Yankees are expected to lose switch-hitting free agent Nick Swisher.
As long as he can be signed for one year and as long as his salary reflects the fact that he’s not likely to repeat his 2012 BABIP of .389 that was .082 points higher than his career BABIP, I’m fine with this.