MLB Rumors: Los Angeles Dodgers Pursuing Torii Hunter, Open to Moving Andre Ethier
According to a Major League Baseball source, the Los Angeles Dodgers are pursuing free agent outfielder Torii Hunter about joining the club for the upcoming 2013 season.
The Dodgers aren’t quite sure if their mid-season outfield acquisition, Carl Crawford will be completely healthy following elbow surgery last season and would like to have Hunter as an insurance policy in case Crawford isn’t ready to go by opening day.
The source also says that the Dodgers have informed other teams that outfielder Andre Ethier is currently available for a trade in there is any interest in obtaining his services for the upcoming season.
Last season, Hunter hit .313 with 16 home runs and 92 runs batted-in as a member of the Dodgers crosstown rivals, the Los Angeles Angels but it is highly unlikely that the Angels will attempt to re-sign the 37-year old, four-time All-Star seeing as they didn’t offer him a qualifying offer this off-season. The Dodgers aren’t the only team in the hunt for acquiring Hunter as the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, Philadelphia Phillies and an undisclosed American League team are all hoping to sign the nine-time Gold Glove winner. The Yankees have reportedly already offered Hunter a one-year contract to join them in 2013.
In 2012 Ethier hit just .284 with 20 home runs and 89 runs batted-in who has had declining seasons since his breakout year in 2009 where he hit .271 with 31 home runs and 106 runs batted-in. Ethier just signed a five-year, $85 million contract extension with the Dodgers on June 12 which keeps him under contract until the conclusion of the 2017 season with a vesting option for 2018 worth $17,5 million.