Mark Teixeira Wants Torii Hunter On Yanks

NEW YORK – If Mark Teixeira were the Yankees’ general manager, he just might go the extra mile to sign free agent outfielder Torii Hunter.

“I love Torii,” Teixeira said of his ex-teammate from the second half of the 2008 season in Anaheim. “He doesn’t make our team younger, but he does make it a little bit more balanced. You have a right-handed hitting outfielder, a guy that can steal bases [who is] still a very productive player.”

But the Yankees would have to extend a two-year offer to get Hunter, according to a person with knowledge of the situation, and the club has shown a reluctance to do so. Tuesday, Hunter met with the Tigers and he’s also been linked to the Rangers — the team closest to his Texas home.

Teixeira not only sees the merit of signing Hunter, 37, who batted .313 with 16 homers, 92 RBI and nine stolen bases this season with the Angels, but the Yanks’ first baseman puts a premium on re-signing aging veterans Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Hiroki Kuroda.

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