By Joe Christensen
T.R. Sullivan writes that the Texas Rangers have been talking to Torii Hunter about a five-year deal but are not believed to be close to an agreement after the big dinner meeting at Rangers owner Tom Hicks’ house on Monday evening.
Sullivan’s story also says that Hunter denied a report by the Chicago Sun-Times that he could sign a contract by the end of the week.
The White Sox are working this with the most urgency, though you can tell the Rangers are determined not to be outbid. Meantime, we’re hearing the Dodgers are building their case. Last week on KFAN-1130, Hunter said his agent, Larry Reynolds, would soon be looking to re-open discussions with the Twins, but as yet, we have received no indications that they are back in negotiations.
Reynolds told the Dallas Morning News, “We’re hoping to make some movement sometime shortly after Thanksgiving because Torii wants to enjoy the holiday and think things through.”