The Dodgers have shown interest in free agent outfielder Torii Hunter, according to a report from USA Today.
Free agent outfielder Torii Hunter spent the last five seasons of his career in Los Angeles playing for the Angels, but he is now drawing interest from the other team in Los Angeles. The Dodgers are "aggressively pursuing" Hunter, according to a report from USA Today.
Where Hunter would fit in a crowded outfield is unknown, but the report cited a "high-ranking" Dodgers' official who spoke on condition of anonymity as negotiations are ongoing. The Dodgers currently have Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp slotted into right and centerfield with Carl Crawford currently penciled into left field. Hunter could provide insurance as Crawford is coming back from elbow surgery, or the Dodgers could attempt to trade one of their current outfielders.
The 37-year-old Hunter hit .313 for the Angels last season with 24 home runs and 92 RBI. His .816 OPS was 21st among outfielders and higher than any of the Dodgers' outfielders. Hunter has played 14 full Major League seasons in his career.
Los Angeles' interest in Hunter could be sign that Crawford is recovering slowly. He underwent Tommy John surgery in in late August and, although recovery time can be as long as a year, the Dodgers said last month they expect Crawford to be able to start the season.