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Yankees Hot Stove: Hunter was not too expensive for Tigers

The New York Yankeeshot stove is about as ice-cold as it has been in years.

Angels Torii Hunter – 08-09-2011 – Yankee Stadium

But please don’t hang your hat on the theory that no news is good news here as there have been plenty of headlines about players hitting the free agent market and rejecting qualifying offers.

All fans can do is hope that something good is announced soon from GM Brian Cashman’s office, like the re-signing of catcher Russell Martin, along with southpaw Andy Pettitte and the team’s best starter in 2012, Hiroki Kuroda.

Now with Yankee Universe in disarray, other teams in the AL have taken notice, which makes this the worst time for the Yankees to become spend thrifty. This team has to retool, as you cannot rebuild with a depleted farm system.


The latest news is that Detroit Tigers, who have eliminated the Yankees #28 hopes for the last two seasons inked outfielder Torii Hunter to a 2-year, $26 million deal.

Rumors immediately swirled that the Yankees were very interested in attaining the 37-year old Hunter, who hit .313 with 16 home runs and 92 RBI last season with the Angels. And this all made sense with the loss of Nick Swisher’s 24 homers and 93 RBIs.

But the Tigers moved faster and got the deal done. And the Yankees just sat and watched their biggest menace get that much better.

Still, what is spookier is that Hunter’s make-up fits the Yankees mold to a tee, as he is an aging and proven super-star who also happens to play a position where there is a need.

The reason, which almost brought tears to my eyes, as according to the NY Daily News, Hunter was looking for a two-year deal and the Yankees only wanted to pony up the green for one.

Yes, you read that right the Yankees budget could not afford that kind of deal, and the money comes before the glory now.

Technically speaking, the Yankees can afford to buy anything or anyone they want, but are choosing not too. This is a fact as Cashman has yet to make an offer to any player this off-season.


The biggest difference is when George Steinbrenner ran the team in comparison to his son Hal, he was a baseball fan first and an owner second.

See the Boss always put his money where his mouth was, while his son is stuffing it in his pocket when it should go back on the baseball field. And as Yahoo’s Les Carpenter wrote in a beautiful tribute, there will never be another George Steinbrenner.

I am now resorting to praying that three spirits visit baby Steinbrenner, who might as well be the Yankees Ebenezer Scrooge over the holidays and he comes to his senses because as a Yankee fan, I want to see a team that can win every year.

Look it is clear that Hal doesn’t love baseball like his dad, but the Yankee fans do because of him, so why change that formula?

Bottom-line is as a Yankee fan, I am bracing myself for the worst and so should you.

As former sports columnist Dan Parker once said, “The reason the Yankees never lay an egg is because they don’t operate on chicken feed.”


  1. richard says:

    A little common sense and perspective is needed vs your hysteria.

    1. Keith Law ranks the Yanks Farm system #10…."but I see a lot of star potential on their bottom few affiliates, including new acquisition Jose Campos from Seattle, to go with the two power arms from their Scranton club (Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances). The flaw in the system is the lack of near-in talent, especially position players, who could either help the big club soon or provide more fodder for trades."

    Moreover, buy offering qualifying offers the Yanks will receive 3 more draft picks.

    2. 2012 was Hunter's statistically best (OPS+ 132) in 16 yrs. Do you want us to take a chance on him? I'll take Ichiro ( if we sign him). I agree that we need to make up Swish's numbers. Maybe A-rod could help out a little bit.

    3. When was the last time Cash made a trade or signed a Free agent in Oct?
    Were not even at the winter meetings!!!!

    4. George never had a Luxury tax threshold, so you don't know how he would react.

    We have made that playoffs 14 of the last 15 years. Now Toronto has upped the ante. I have faith in Cash. Tell me who you would have liked to receive in the Miami trade and WHY?????

    • LLP says:

      The great prospects in the Yanks farm system are not major league ready except for maybe reliever Mark Montgomery…..the Yankees need to retool not rebuild if they want to stay competitive in 2013. Trust me spending the money will win them a WS, not the other way around.

  2. lolo says:

    According to CBS Sports, Hunter stated he did not want to talk to other teams until after he heard from the Tigers. Therefore the Yanks had no chance anyway.

    • LLP says:

      Actually…Hunter would have listen to the Yankees offer if it was competitive but the Yankees bowed out because they did not want to give 2-years. So, letting Hunter go to Tigers was the alternative. The team that eliminated them from the postseason the last 2-seasons is not even better……would have NEVER happened in the good old days.

      • lolo says:

        Actually….."In his introductory press conference as a Tiger (reported on by MLB.com's Jason Beck), Torii Hunter said he was "scouting clubs" during last season in case the Angels didn't bring him back. The Tigers were his top choice, to the extent that he had his agent Larry Reynolds call Detroit VP John Westhoff to express his interest. "Dave [Dombrowski] and I got this deal done in less than an hour," Reynolds said. "That's unheard of in our business."

        But have it your way. Sure in the old days we could have given him much more. But I choose to live in the present.

        • LLP says:

          The Tigers were actively pursuing Hunter from the get-go.

          The Yankees did not want to offer Hunter a multi-year contract so it was end-of-story.

          Hunter wanted to be on a team ASAP so not having to deal with a waiting game. The Yankees did nothing to entice him and Tigers did everything to make him feel wanted. I bet he would have come to NY for less money if they offered 2 years with a 3rd year option.

          Hunter said somewhere that he like the Yankees too. Just trying to locate the quote I read a few weeks ago.