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Rangers could pursue Torii Hunter

The Texas Rangers could decide to pursue Torii Hunter to replace Josh Hamilton.

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Jon Daniels and the Texas Rangers will be faced with one of the most important offseason in franchise history. Josh Hamilton is a free agent, and all signs point to him leaving the Rangers, and thus, creating a massive hole in Texas' lineup.

Though he's not the most attractive option, the Rangers could decide to pursue Los Angeles Angels outfielder Torii Hunter, who will be a free agent this winter. Hunter had a resurgent year in 2012, batting .313/.365/.451, while hitting 16 home runs and 24 doubles in 534 at bats.

There's plenty to like about Hunter. He was a productive player last year, and by all accounts, he's a stand up character.

Unfortunately, there's also a lot of downside to signing Hunter. Hunter will be entering his age 38 year next year, and will likely be seeking at least a two-year deal in free agency. Per bWAR, Hunter is coming off a career year (really), and will likely command a moderately expensive average annual value.

It's tough to gauge how Hunter will age, but, the easy answer is not well.

It's easy to say the Rangers should pursue somebody like B.J. Upton instead, but, like with anything, it all depends on the price. Texas will certainly have competition if they decide to go after Hunter, as the Angels and Yankees will likely be interested in Hunter's services, too.

Daniels and Texas' front office could just want to sign a band-aid rather than find a long-term solution this winter, and Hunter could be just that.

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