We can take one name off the board of potential Red Sox outfielders: Free-agent Torii Hunter has reached agreement on a two-year, $26 million deal with the Detroit Tigers pending a physical exam, a baseball source said Wednesday.
Hunter is a nine-time Gold Glove winner coming off one of his finest seasons. He batted .313 with 16 home runs and 92 RBIs for the Los Angeles Angels, who did not extend a qualifying offer to him. Because of that, the Tigers will not have to surrender a draft pick.
Hunter has spent the past five seasons with the Angels.
The Red Sox had been interested in Hunter and potentially have two open outfield spots. They are still hoping to re-sign Cody Ross. As names start to come off the free-agent board, the pressure builds for the Red Sox to strike a deal with Ross.