New York Mets' Carlos Beltran hits a two-run home run in the sixth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of baseball's National League Championship Series Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006 at Shea Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
The Star Tribune e-mailed beat writers across the country for a better glimpse of who's interested in Torii Hunter. The results of the survey:
Twins: Haven't improved their three-year, $45 million offer.
Astros: Willing to move Hunter Pence to right field.
Rangers: Hunter, who lives in the Dallas area, seems to be the centerpiece of offseason plan.
White Sox: GM Kenny Williams reportedly plans to meet with Hunter this week.
Giants: Without Barry Bonds, they need outfielders and middle-order hitters.
Dodgers: Might move Juan Pierre to left field, if they land Hunter or Andruw Jones.
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Yankees: They have Melky Cabrera and Johnny Damon, but they need help replacing Alex Rodriguez in the lineup.
Nationals: There were indications last week that they contacted Hunter's agent.
Cardinals: They have Jim Edmonds, but he's gimpy and all their outfielders bat lefthanded.
Braves: They parted ways with Jones, and they were Hunter's favorite team growing up.
Padres: Hunter might be out of their price range, even if they lose Mike Cameron.
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