Here’s the latest from around the league.
- The Rangers are one of four teams outfielder Torii Hunter is considering, reports Gerry Fraley of the the Dallas Morning News. The Orioles and Mariners are also at the top of Hunter’s list with the Twins a less likely landing spot. Mark Whicker of the L.A. Daily News was the first to tweet the news.
- The Astros are in an odd position with center fielder Dexter Fowler, writes Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle. With just one more season of club control, Fowler seems like an obvious trade candidate. However, he’s developed a tight bond with star prospect George Springer. While the club has the depth to deal Fowler – Springer, Jake Marisnick, Robbie Grossman, and Alex Presley can all play center field – they may want to hang onto him if he could benefit Springer’s development. To me, this is one of those sticky intangibles that’s hard to quantify but possibly very important.
- Justin Masterson headlines a list of the top ten free agent bargains, writes Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Masterson has the potential to recover completely now that his rib injury has been addressed, and his asking price is said to be reasonable. We learned earlier tonight that the Tigers have put out feelers. Additional potential bargains include Sergio Romo, Ervin Santana, Asdrubal Cabrera, and six others.