Red Sox Interested In Torii Hunter

The Red Sox have shown interest in Torii Hunter, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports. Hunter, a free agent, has previously expressed interest in playing in Boston alongside David Ortiz.

"I'm open to anybody, especially if David is there," Hunter told WEEI.com in late August. "David is one of my guys. We were roommates in Minnesota and he's one of my brothers.”

Ortiz, who recently signed a two-year, $26MM contract with the Red Sox, said yesterday that he had been in contact with Hunter about the possibility of signing in Boston. Hunter did not obtain a qualifying offer from the Angels last week, which means teams won’t have to surrender a top draft choice to sign him. While the Angels aren’t ruling out a new deal with Hunter, it doesn’t sound as though he’ll re-sign in Anaheim.

Hunter, a client of Reynolds Sports Management, ranked 20th on MLBTR's list of top 50 free agents. The Yankees also have some interest in the right fielder.


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  1. chicothekid 3 years ago

    That’s a deal that actually makes sense for both sides. Torii will rake in that park, he wouldn’t mind reuniting with Ortiz, and the Sox need someone to bring the fans in and provide a short term stopgap until the farm matures a bit. Nice for both sides. This is what FA should be about. Hope it happens.

  2. Devern Hansack 3 years ago

    I still like a rebuild, but if they are going to try to make a push then I like starting with Torii Hunter. He’s a huge upgrade over Ross defensively and a marginal improvement offensively (wRC+ of 110 for career over 106) without a platoon split. He is a solid clubhouse guy as well.

    • Dan Gorgone 3 years ago

      If they get Torii for a 2 year deal, it gives the young guys like Bryce Brentz some more time to develop before promoting them. Hunter would be a nice veteran presence along with Big Papi.

      • Karkat 3 years ago

        Took the words right out of my mouth. A fair, two-year deal (maybe even with an option, if that helps close it?) for a good, athletic guy who can still hit and who’d be a great mentor to the young’uns is exactly the kind of recovery move the Sox need to make in order to work past the tumult of the past couple of seasons.

      • Michael 3 years ago

        There would be no downside to this (unless the money was ridiculous). Hunter is buds with Papi, a great clubhouse guy, tremendous influence on young players, and the fans at Fenway would probably worship him. Get this done, Ben!

    • 55saveslives 3 years ago

      Can he still handle CF? If Giants lose Pagan, I wouldn’t mind them going after Torii. Maybe shift Blanco to CF and Torii to LF.

      • Timothy Tappin 3 years ago

        We dont need another old man. Why not go long term and sign BJ Upton?? If not go for Pagan, we already know what he can do. With Hunter you are getting a risky player at his age he can break down at anytime. I say a strong NO

        • 55saveslives 3 years ago

          Because Pagan is going to get at least 4 yrs. Hunter will get 2 max. We have Gary Brown in the wings.

          • Timothy Tappin 3 years ago

            Brown is nothing sure. in fact he struggled a lot in AA. I would love for the Giants to go after Upton. He can play CF and if Brown turns out to be a good player then you can shift Upton to 2B. I would be wary of signing Hunter. I would not give Pagan a 4yr contract, maybe a 3yr/24m contract with a club option.

        • alan104 3 years ago

          I would love to see Upton sign on as a Giant. He can really go after them defensively and has great speed on the bases. He would be a nice complimentary player on that team.

          • Timothy Tappin 3 years ago

            Yes, he’s what the Giants have been lacking the past years. He would be an excellent player and the fact is that he can still improve mightily.

          • 55saveslives 3 years ago

            Upton is going to be incredibly overpaid. Hunter for 2 yrs is a way better bargain. He still hit over .300 with decent HR. Upton is not a big bat. He’s never even hit 30 HRs in a season.

          • Timothy Tappin 3 years ago

            Am not saying Giants should overpay to get him. Wait and see what other teams offer him. Every single year Upton’s power has improved, if it wasnt for him missing some games this year he would have hit 30HR. With Upton you get a guy who you know can hit .240 25hr 30sb and with a high possibility of becoming a star instead with Hunter you are getting an aging guy who you really dont know what to expect from.

      • John Ryan 3 years ago

        BJ Upton is very overrated.

  3. Lefty_Orioles_Fan 3 years ago

    “David is one of my guys. We were roommates in Minnesota and he’s one of my brothers.” Twins Even! Like Arnie and DeVito!
    As a side note I kind of agree with Valentine, I did think Ortiz quit or at least didn’t appear to be very motivated to get back into the line-up for 2012. Yet, the Red Sox re-signed him. In my opinion, he got a bit of a free pass. On the flipside, Cody Ross, who played hard all year winds up on the road again somewhere with Willie Nelson. Why?

    • dc21892 3 years ago

      Because he wants 3/25. He was a bargain at 3M, yes, but 8.3M per with his road splits and shoddy defense is not worth it. I’m a huge Ross fan, and he did a lot of good things for them this year. But at the same time we need to realistic.

    • hitdog042 3 years ago

      I didn’t know u knew Ortiz or Valentine to assess the situation. I think Ortiz’ track record v.s Valentines says enough. But whatev

    • rkmarx 3 years ago

      Because he’s really not that good of a ball player. He’s average. You don’t pay 3/25 for average.

      • SayHeyWard 3 years ago

        In todays market, 8 mill per is average.

      • withpower 3 years ago

        Uh.. no. The league average OPS is around .733. Cody Ross is at .784 for his career. He’s carrying a 107 OPS+ for his career. He’s topped 20 HR 3 times and has hit double digit HR in every season he’s gotten more than 26 PA.

        The worst Cody Ross has ever been is league average.

      • Robert E 3 years ago

        Agreed

  4. Tko11 3 years ago

    Anyone have any idea how much money Hunter would want? 3 years for Ross would be too much and if they can get Hunter instead for 1-2 years that would be great.

    • dc21892 3 years ago

      I agree. I think Hunter will start with asking for around 2/20 at least but in the end I think he will get a deal similar to Mike Cameron or slightly higher. I’d say 2/15-18 gets it done in the end no matter where he goes.

      • Tko11 3 years ago

        That sounds way more reasonable than 3 years for Ross. Hunter seems to have quite a few teams interested too. I think he would be a great fit in either Atlanta or Boston.

  5. dc21892 3 years ago

    I hope Ortiz gets on the phone with him and does what he can to lure him here. Tori is a solid player with what seems to be a great clubhouse persona. It would be a short deal, with little to lose. Even though he’s older, he’s nothing more than a stop gap that at the same time can still help this team be competitive.

  6. Timothy Tappin 3 years ago

    Did you also get the juice from your buddy Ortiz, Mr.Hunter?

  7. Timothy Tappin 3 years ago

    With Hunter or with Ross or without any Boston wont do anything. They are a finished team that need to rebuild. they got no pitching with a washed up Lester and Lackey. and the batting looks as weak as i’ve ever seen the red sox had

    • dc21892 3 years ago

      You couldn’t be more wrong. They are going to go get guys as short term stop gaps that can also help win now. Lester isn’t washed up, it’s mechanics. Lackey had a torn UCL that he was pitching with so what do you expect? He will bounce back and give them 200 innings. Might not be his best year, but he’s coming off TJ. This team will be fine, and they are doing

      • withpower 3 years ago

        I really don’t see how they are fine at all.

        They really aren’t better than any of the other 4 teams in their division right now.

        • hitdog042 3 years ago

          Geez.. give them time. FA hasn’t even started yet. Winter meetings are still weeks away. Do you think this is the team they field? Um. No

          • withpower 3 years ago

            Who are they going to get?

            They were the worst team in the AL East last year and they traded their best hitter and number 3/4 starter [whatever you want to classify Beckett as].

            So what’s on the agenda? Hamilton? Probably not. Greinke? Pretty sure they don’t feel like that’s a fit. They don’t want to give Cody Ross $25MM — are they going to shell out $75MM+ for the likes of BJ Upton or Nick Swisher? Hope Kyle Lohse will take a 2 year deal? Top whatever LA or Detroit wants to give Anibal Sanchez?

          • hitdog042 3 years ago

            There’s this thing called trades… They have an interest in Hunter, Haren, Sanchez. Trades can do a multitude of things on top of any FA signing. Getting a healthy Ortiz and Ellsbury is a good start. Middlebrooks is a star in the making at 3B. They have Pedroia. It’s not as bare as people make it sound. They need 2 or 3 players and another SP or two. In Boston, that’s pretty easily done.

            They have in house options as well, like potentially Jerry Sands at 1B y and Kalish in LF (my guess is they’d go with one, not both).

            They need a SS and a corner OF and a 1B. One will be internally. 2 will be FA or a trade. They will be ok. There will be no last place finish or 90 losses. I guarantee you that

          • stl_cards16 3 years ago

            “Middlebrooks is a star in the making at 3B”

            I really don’t get why people continue to say this, nothing about Middlebrooks screams “star”. I think he has the potential to be a solid player but he’s not a superstar. I think his ceiling is probably something around David Freese with a lower OBP.

          • withpower 3 years ago

            He strikes out quite a bit more than Freese and I don’t think he’s quite on the level defensively [but he’s certainly adequate]. His power is already beyond Freese, though.

            Will be interesting to see where it goes with Middlebrooks.

          • hitdog042 3 years ago

            His K rate is on par with most rookies that have power. I would expect it to go down. However it was not horrible. Many rookies swing and miss too much.

          • hitdog042 3 years ago

            He hit 15HR in 267 AB in his rookie year, which was a year earlier than projected. He projects to be around a .340 OBP type of guy with power. Some may say that’s a star in the making. He’s not a star yet. The tools are there and he showed he can handle Boston, which is something not to be overlooked.

          • stl_cards16 3 years ago

            I don’t see anything to suggest he’s a 30+ HR bat(other than his hot streak). But I don’t see anyone(that can be realistic) predicting Pete Kozma a .300 hitter with 20 HR power because he got hot at the end of the season.

            He had a nice hot streak and that’s probably going to end up the worst thing for him because it just upped everyone’s expectations. I think he’s probably a 20HR bat with maybe a .340 OBP. That would probably be on the high side of the OBP unless he can imporve his plate discipline.

            Some players just suddenly perform better in the majors and maybe Fenway will really help him. But I think everyone’s setting the bar a little too high for him.

          • hitdog042 3 years ago

            He projects to a 25-30 HR capable player based on his minor league and MLB trends. The game wasn’t too big for him at Fenway w hich is huge. I do not expect him to be this player next year. I expect a realistic fall back, but still a decent year. Maybe he does .275-22 next year.. I think that we’d be ok with that. His power potential isn’t fully reached yet. 24 years old, he’s still making his professional body. Some may say he could make a jump in power.

          • rkmarx 3 years ago

            i don’t know what positional averages are, but I’d say a good defensive 3B who can hit 20 HRs with a .340 OBP is extremely valuable!

          • withpower 3 years ago

            Well, I appreciate your optimism. I’m not sure what trades are out there that are going to net anything significant for Boston but I’m not a fortune teller so we’ll see how it shakes out.

          • Timothy Tappin 3 years ago

            Boston would not trade any of their top prospects so the trades that they would make arent going to be change makers.

          • hitdog042 3 years ago

            You do not know who they will trade. And I’d say absolutely some upper guys are available for the right player. Nobody is off limits. The Red Sox are not headed towards starting 7 home grown guys. This isn’t Kansas City. Prospects get dealt all the time.

          • hitdog042 3 years ago

            why u think they need game changers is what I don’t get. They have Pedroia. Ellsbury, Ortiz. Middlebrooks. They need guys around them. They are not looking for perennial all stars. Maybe one power guy if they can find it. The other guys will be Cody Ross/Kevin Millar types. Nobody is suggesting they are trying to trade for Pujols.

          • rkmarx 3 years ago

            Just curious – who’s your team? Because I’m sure they’re perfect right now, correct?

          • Timothy Tappin 3 years ago

            Well if you had asked me that question, my team is perfect right now, The WS Champs, The San Francisco Giants!!!!!!!

          • withpower 3 years ago

            I pull for the Yankees. All things considered I think the team is in good shape going forward.

      • dc21892 3 years ago

        Everything right this offseason*

      • Timothy Tappin 3 years ago

        Did you forget that Lackey in 2010 had an ERA of 4.40?? Was he injured as well in 2010?? Or are you saying that an era over 4 is great for a guy who got an $85m contract?

        • dc21892 3 years ago

          First year in the AL East? Adjustment period? I try not to be as negative as people like you, sorry. I can also see reality and I feel lackey can have a better season this year.

          • cubfan4life 3 years ago

            I think Lackey could be good in the right situation. I think a bad contract swap might be in order. send him to the cubs for Soriano and cash?

          • Timothy Tappin 3 years ago

            You dont see reality, all you do is dream about things. The same thing I heard about Carl Crawford, oh is his 1st year and he had injuries and look, where is he now?? Is he in Boston?? NO!!!!!

            Stop dreaming, the reality is that Lackey has been a mediocre pitcher with Boston. I can also see reality that Boston would love to get rid of his contract as they did with Gonzalez and Crawford

          • dc21892 3 years ago

            You’re far out there. I’m not saying he’s going to be what he was in LA. I’m saying he can still be a productive pitcher. Would they love to get rid of his money? Of course they would because he’s not the same guy he was with LA, but he can still be solid for this team. That’s all I’m saying, simple as that.

        • rkmarx 3 years ago

          With his injury, the 5/85 turned into 6/85.3. He’ll be the best 300K pitcher ever in a couple years, and now his contract is much much more reasonable. The guy’s a workhorse, not an ace. Don’t downplay his skills because he’s not an ace.

          • Timothy Tappin 3 years ago

            And yeah he will be the best 300k pitcher ever after he has been one of the worst $14m pitcher. Nice!!!!

  8. The Data 3 years ago

    .389 babip in 2012; .307 career. Buyer beware.

    • Sean Tuxill 3 years ago

      ^Completely valid. But he put the ball on the deck a lot more last season and I would wonder if that was a change in approach or simply chance…because his GB/FB rate was 33% higher than it’s ever been. That’s not enough to account for all of the luck in his BABIP but a batter who hits only grounders should see a BABIP of around .240…and a batter who hits nothing but fly balls should see a BABIP of around .150. Torii’s LD% was the highest of his career and his GB% was as well, which left his FB% at 30% below his career average. Is it fluky? Yeah, but I’ll still take the guy.

  9. Sean Tuxill 3 years ago

    So we’re looking at a guy who has spent his thirties becoming a more valuable player despite his all-world defense dropping off a cliff in the last five years. I’m not certain if we put him in right or left (remember, Fenway is not friendly to right fielders who have lost a step, there’s a lot of ground to cover out there) but either way, I love this. It may not be completely rational on my part because I’ve wished I could play like him ever since he took away Barry Balco’s homer in the ASG in 2002, but this is not gonna be a massive deal – and as others have said, gives us a stopgap while rebuilding.

    • cubfan4life 3 years ago

      i think Hunter fits well in left for Boston. I also think Hunter on a 1 yr with an option or a 2 yr deal is preferable to Ross on a 3-4 yr deal with the guys they have coming through the minors and not wanting to block them. Combine a Hunter signing and dealing Ellsbury and Lavarnway to the Rangers for Andrus Gentry and Moreland and bringing in Melky on a 1 yr deal and you have the makings of a very solid everyday lineup with Hunter, Gentry and Melky in the OF with Middlebrooks Andrus Pedroia and Moreland around the IF with Salty or a FA behind the plate.

      • Bob Bunker 3 years ago

        ellsbury is not worth andrus. after 2011 that deal would have been valid as he was coming off a mvp year with two years left on his deal. now he is coming off another season filled with average performance and injury and has 1 year left on his deal. no way that gets them andrus, gentry, and moreland.

      • Baseball Lifer 3 years ago

        Why do all Sox fans think the Rangers are even the slightest bit interested in Ellsbury? Yes, they will need a CF once Hamilton leaves town, but yall act like Jacoby is the only option available. Not to mention the Rangers are not going to trade a controllable, top tier SS for a CF that is a health risk, and one year of controll remaining….

        • Tko11 3 years ago

          Because they will most likely want to move Andrus to make room for Profar who is about ready. With Hamilton leaving CF is a position of need for the Rangers and Andrus has a lot of value due to being cost controlled for the next few years.

          • Baseball Lifer 3 years ago

            I think all Rangers fans realize that a CF is needed, profar is ready, etc, etc, etc… But why do most Red Sox fans think TEX even wants Ellsbury??? If TEX wanted a high priced, often hurt, potential MVP CF, they would just try to resign Josh Hamilton. Not to mention there are numerous FA CF avaialable (Bourn/Upton/Victorino)and a couple of in-house canidates (Gentry and L. Martin). All of which would be cheapier (by this time next year) and allow you to keep a very usefull peice in E. Andrus.

            Boston is just not a realistic match when it comes to a potential Ellsbury/Andrus trade once you get passed the Red Sox bias. Andrus for Jackie Bradley JR and another peice or two would be much more attractive to TEX.

          • Tko11 3 years ago

            Personally I think the Rangers best move would to sign a guy like Bourn and then trade Andrus for a real ace type pitcher. Ellsbury isn’t often hurt, he was hurt twice and missed a lot of time both due to both incidents. Once was the ribs hustling for a fly ball and the other was a collision at second base. I posted a response where I analyzed Andrus and Ellsbury’s numbers but its awaiting approval from a moderator. But Ellsbury has been a far better player than Andrus in every category besides maybe defense. Ellsbury for Andrus makes sense for the Rangers because Profar is ready so they would not be creating a hole in their lineup. They would also be replacing Hamilton with a guy who is a 5 tool player. Ellsbury in his 3 healthy seasons is a top 3 centerfielder.

          • Baseball Lifer 3 years ago

            Dealing Andrus for pitching and signing a FA CF – I agree 100%.
            Dealing Andrus for Ellsbury simply doesnt make sense given the Rangers long-term business model.
            With the up and coming FA depatures (Hamilton, Napoli, 3 above average BP arms) and the current injury situation (Feliz & Lewis) the Rangers are more than a CF away from being back in the playoffs/WS. And futhermore the Rangers are making it clear that they are not interested in dropping big money on Hamilton. If there is a CF that compares anywhere to Hamilton it will be Ellsbury. Both will demand huge money, both can put up MVP numbers, and both have there own injury concerns. If the Rangers are not willing to spend big money on Hamilton, what makes you think they would be interested in somebody with the exact same qualities – while giving you a healthy, controllable, young, top SS like Elvis to boot????.
            Like I said earlier – Jackie Bradley would be far more attractive than Ellsbury would be, given Jacoby’s injury (i dont care how or why – he was still hurt and missed a lot of games) past and contract flexability.

          • Robert E 3 years ago

            Red Sox bias? It was two years ago that Ellsbury came in 2nd in the MVP vote. He’s outrageously talented. There is no bias. What other players fit his mold? Trout and who else? If, and I do understand how important “If” is, but if he stays healthy, he’s a .310, 200H, 120R, 30HR, 40SB Gold Glove juggernaut. It’s a fair risk for Texas

          • Baseball Lifer 3 years ago

            I never said that Jacoby is not talented…. He has the potential to be just as you described him (outrageously talented). But
            The bias that i refer to is, that most Sox’s fans (yourself now included) failure to realize the different between Ellsbry’s CURRENT VALUE and EVERYDAY POTENTIAL… Not to mention MOST have failed to take time and give some consideration to why this trade doesnt make sense. From the rangers perspective, here are a few:
            1) Ellsbury’s overall health is a huge ding to his overall value – missed 33% of his games due to DL stints.
            2) most fans (you inlcuded) seems to think Jacoby puts up MVP type numbers every year – failing to realize he has had 2 good season, 1 decent season, and 2 poor seasons. He is not a career 310BA/200H/120RBI/30HR guy. His career numbers reflect it.
            3) If the Rangers wanted a CF like Ellsbury, they would be making attempts to resign Josh Hamilton (who is without a dought the better player).
            4) Ellsbury is full of question marks. Andrus has been one of the most steady SS in baseball.
            5) Elvis is cheaper
            6) Elvis is younger
            7) Elvis is more controllable
            8) Elvis plays a more premium position
            9) The Free agent market is heavier with CF (bourn, upton, victorino) than SS (stephen drew). Meaning the Rangers have more known options at this point in time.
            10) Agent Scott Boras – No Extention
            11) The Rangers also have kid by the name of Leonys Martin who veiwed as there center feilder of the future (much like jackie Bradley Jr.).
            I understand this trade makes sense for BOS….. But there is 11 reasons why TEX does not make this deal. MOST of which Red Sox fans fail to realize…. Failure because of there bias for Jacoby Ellsbury.

        • BoSoXaddict 3 years ago

          Reports I’ve read are that the Rangers ARE interested to some degree in Ellsbury and that he has been discussed before between the two teams for various possible trade scenarious. That doesn’t mean of course it’s a given that he’s their #1 guy or even a trade target but I think it’s safe to say that yes, “The Rangers are interested in Jacoby Ellsbury”

          • Baseball Lifer 3 years ago

            You, among other Red Sox fans obviously dont understand….. All of those so called “reports” are all Boston based and full of bias. Yes, the Rangers ARE interested in Ellsbury but NOT at the cost of Elvis Andrus. As soon as you look into the data (age/production/cost/heatly/contract controll/ potential risk/potential free agents/short and longterm club plans) with a open mind, you will realize that Andrus is much more valueable than Ellsbury.
            I am still trying to figure out most Red Sox fans think so greatly of Jacoby??? So what he had one MVP caliber year…. He also regressed with the bat, glove, and steals last year. Has only played in 67% of the Sox’s games since 2008 (not counting his rookie year – when he was a platoon player). One year away from free agency. Scott Boris…. —- Sorry, i just personally see more negatives than positives with Jacoby.

  10. Giorgi Almonte 3 years ago

    Im about to change my pick lol 😛

  11. hitdog042 3 years ago

    this would be good. Hunter still gets on base (something the Sox got away from last year) and provides Ortiz with more RBI opportunities. .365 OBP is what he had last year, and that’s what the Red Sox “used” to thrive on.

  12. truthlemonade 3 years ago

    When did MLB players start getting their own hotel rooms? I guess it is possible Hunter is referring to the minor leagues. I really thought that MLB players sharing hotel rooms was a super old school thing.

  13. optionn 3 years ago

    This would be a great pickup if Red Sox get him. It would also prove to the Angels you win with proven, legit players like Hunter and lose with young guys like Trout and Bourjes.

  14. tomymogo 3 years ago

    I love Torii, hope Braves make an offer

    • cubfan4life 3 years ago

      I personally love the idea of Hunter in Atl. He basically puts back what they lost with chipper retiring. plus with Prado taking over at 3rd LF is wide open.

      • Agreed. I’d LOVE Hunter in Left and Bourn or Pagan in Center. Crazy good outfield with Heyward in there.

        • cubfan4life 3 years ago

          I think both Bourn and Pagan might be a little pricey for the Braves if they also bring in Hunter. I think they could get Victorino cheaper or at the least for less yrs than those two. Or perhaps move one of their young starters for a CF. Perhaps a Denard Span? or another name that might be intriguing would be Seattles Franklin Gutierrez

        • SayHeyWard 3 years ago

          I love Hunter but the Braves will only sign one OF of any this offseason. Hunter would be a great mentor to Heyward. I think the Braves will try to acquire Span to fill CF and leadoff. I just hope Schafer is nothing more than a 4th OF.

      • tomymogo 3 years ago

        exactly

    • Jwick22 3 years ago

      Garret anderson prolly screwed that up. Hunter is on another level than garret but not sure atlanta wants to go the older route and hope he can keep up the level of production. I like the idea of hunter on a 2 yr deal. Really hope gattis forces his way on the field but hr prolly is a year away

  15. whosurpapa 3 years ago

    Interesting… Fenway stats for Hunter 330 avg 369 obp 869 ops

    • Slopeboy 3 years ago

      Interesting indeed… Those numbers are against Red Sox pitching!

  16. Guest 3 years ago

    “I’m Open To Anybody” Lol He Also Said He Wants To Win It All!!!! Not Going To Happen, With A Steroid Less Manny!!! Red Sux 69-113 2012!!! HaHaHa Keep Dreaming!!!!

    • cubfan4life 3 years ago

      69 and 113?? i didnt realize the regular season changed to 182 games. little bit more basic math. little less mindless bashing. might help you out the next time you want to make a point

    • Tko11 3 years ago

      I believe you are looking for the Yahoo Sports comments section with that kind of “creative” criticism.

    • alan104 3 years ago

      20 extra losses……sweet!

  17. “I’m Open To Anybody” Lol He Also Said He Wants To Win It All!!!! Not Going To Happen, With A Steroid Less Manny!!!

  18. Fletch1915 3 years ago

    I love the idea of having hunter in left at Fenway, I don’t think you can go wrong with a 1-2 year deal. I think the sox need to go for Andrews and send ellsbury to Texas, it would help with our ss problem. We would have to get a stopgap cf such as Shane victorino, or maybe even Grady Sizemore or Nyger Morgan? As for first I say go for a guy like Ike Davis via trade, or sign Napoli out of free agency
    C. Salty/Lavarnway
    1B. Davis/Napoli
    2B. Pedroia
    3B. Middlebrooks
    SS. Andrews
    LF. Hunter
    CF. Victorino/ Sizemore/ Morgan
    RF. Kalish/Nava
    DH. Papi

    • Bob Bunker 3 years ago

      ellsbury isn’t going to get andrus. i would love for it happen but andrus is much more valuable than ellsbury. but i also would love to have hunter in LF and sign another OF to provide depth.

      • Tko11 3 years ago

        Ellsbury isnt going to get Andrus? Ellsbury plays good defense in center, gets on base a lot, hits for average and can hit for power, steals bases. Hes a 5 tool player Andrus is speed and defense. The only thing Ellsbury has going against him is his injury troubles which are mainly due to freak accidents on the field…

        • Bob Bunker 3 years ago

          1 year of ellsbury for two years of andrus. ellsbury has only hit for power one year and does get on base a lot his ability to get on base completly relies on his average which comes and goes and his defense has been considered bad one year and good the next. Andrus on the other hand gives good defense at SS, is 6 years younger, and gets on bases as much with less injury concerns and is cheaper. as a red sox fan i would love to get andrus for ellsbury because it would be a steal. but the rangers are too smart for that.

      • Baseball Lifer 3 years ago

        Ellsbury/Andrus…. Exactly – That deal will not happen.

    • Timothy Tappin 3 years ago

      Who’s that SS Andrews?? Is he still in the minors cause I’ve never heard of him before

      • Dynasty22 3 years ago

        I think he meant Andrus, though Andrus and Ellsbury would never happen straight up..

      • Baseball Lifer 3 years ago

        Elvis Andrus, the Texas Rangers shortstop.

    • Tko11 3 years ago

      Victorino/Sizemore/ Morgan that scares me more than Nava possibly playing everyday.

  19. Bob Bunker 3 years ago

    Forget about ross. Hunter on a two year deal would be the exact type of deal the red sox should be looking into. good clubhouse guy that still produces and plays good D. and will be gone when the prospects start coming up. two years 20 million.

  20. Hoosierdaddy92 3 years ago

    Torii should come to Detroit if he wants a championship. Signing him, resigning Anibal Sanchez, and MAYBE trading Peralta for a better defensive SS are the only things on my Tigers Christmas list this year. And getting a closer like Madson on a one-year deal

    • Bob Bunker 3 years ago

      as a red sox fan im hoping the red sox sign hunter and sanchez away from the tigers. may the richest owner win

  21. Jim McGrath 3 years ago

    I could live with an outfield of Cody Ross in LF, T. Hunter in CF and Ichiro in RF.

    • Bob Bunker 3 years ago

      Hunter would be better off at LF. Ichiro would be interesting.

      • Jim McGrath 3 years ago

        I don’t disagree re. Hunter in LF–but we need a CF if we trade Ells and a prospect for Andrus unless the Sox opt to keep JBJ as a rookie in CF with Ichiro in RF. If I had my choice I would sign both these guys and let Ross walk.

  22. Leonard Washington 3 years ago

    Def support bringing Torii on board. Hes a very solid bat and a great clubhouse guy so the team can only benifit.

  23. withpower 3 years ago

    Paragraphs aren’t going to kill you.

    Seriously.

    • Tko11 3 years ago

      Yeah I know haha. I fixed it but Disqus never allows me to indent for some reason.

      • Baseball Lifer 3 years ago

        You do realize that for whatever the reason Ellsbury has played in only 67% of the Red Sox’s games since 2008 (548/810). And that is not taking in account his rookie year 2007 when he was not a everyday player.- – – So for whatever the reason, i would suggest that Jacoby is a tad bit of a health risk.

  24. burnboll 3 years ago

    I agree with the gays who think this is a good deal, as long as the terms are fair. Torii still has plenty of baseball in him, and would be a nice change from the beer and chicken and horrible body language culture of Lackey and his lackeys.

    • lefty177 3 years ago

      Did you really mean to put gays or did you mean to put guys?

      • burnboll 3 years ago

        Sorry, guys it is. English isn’t my first language. I mix those words up sometimes.

  25. John Ryan 3 years ago

    Love this move, throw him in right field. He can play a little center in a pinch ONCE Ellsbury gets hurt or if Ellsbury is traded. I would still look for some center field depth though. This would change the clubhouse atmosphere for sure. Ross could always still be signed for left field.

  26. Eric Foley 3 years ago

    Hunter = class act, good clubhouse presence, hits for avg., descent power, gold glove. Yes! Two years please :)

    • Eric Foley 3 years ago

      Not to mention a great teacher for the younger guys!

  27. Howard 3 years ago

    Who would even want to play for the Red Sox after all that’s happened?

  28. Andrew Ochs 3 years ago

    Yea, No.

  29. Timothy Tappin 3 years ago

    You will make a heck of a GM, you will pay 4.40ERA guys $14m a year and to be your 4th starter. I wonder how much money would you pay your ace since you will pay $14m to a 4th starter. Maybe $70m a year??

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