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Tommy Hunter | Relief Pitcher | #49

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (31) / 7/3/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 250
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Alabama
Drafted: 2007 / Supplemental (Rd. 1) / TEX
Contract: view contract details
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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic hears that Tommy Hunter's new two-year deal with the Phillies will be in the $18 million range.
It's just a little bit more than the Phillies have reportedly committed to Pat Neshek. Hunter registered a strong 2.61 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 64/14 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings with the Rays in 2017. He carries some durability concerns, but the 31-year-old right-hander has been a very effective reliever when healthy. Dec 12 - 10:29 PM

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Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Phillies are moving toward an agreement with free agent reliever Tommy Hunter.

Gelb adds that the Phillies do not have a deal in place with Addison Reed, contrary to multiple reports. It sounds like their primary target was Hunter all along. The 31-year-old right-hander registered an excellent 2.61 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 64/14 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings with the Rays in 2017. Joel Sherman of the New York Post says it'll be a two-year deal.
Dec 12 - 8:32 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times is hearing that Tommy Hunter has either signed with the Astros or Dodgers.

Topkin received that information from a source with a "non-involved" team. Hunter, 31, posted a strong 2.61 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 64/14 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings with the Rays in 2017, holding opposing hitters to a stingy .202/.254/.333 batting line. There should be something official soon.
Dec 12 - 7:30 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Tommy Hunter is on the Mets' radar.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post first connected Hunter to the Mets earlier Monday and Newsday's Marc Carig has said the reliever is a "prime target" for the team. It sounds like something could come together quickly between the two sides. Hunter had a nice bounce-back season with the Rays in 2017, posting a 2.61 ERA and 64/14 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings.
Dec 11 - 8:29 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Mets are more likely to target relievers like Tommy Hunter, Steve Cishek, and Anthony Swarzak.

In other words, the Mets don't want to give a three-year deal to the top-of-the-market options like Addison Reed and Bryan Shaw. Instead, Sherman hears that the Mets would prefer to follow what the Cubs did with Brandon Morrow and give two years with a higher annual average value. Hunter, Cishek, and Swarzak aren't big names, but they are all coming off excellent seasons.
Dec 11 - 11:21 AM

Rays activated RHP Tommy Hunter from the 10-day disabled list.

Hunter will be available out of the Rays' bullpen for Thursday afternoon's series finale against the Angels after missing a full month with a right calf strain. The right-hander had a 1.08 ERA over his first 10 relief appearances this season for Tampa Bay.
May 25 - 9:48 AM

Tommy Hunter (calf) allowed two runs on three hits in a one-inning rehab appearance Tuesday with High-A Charlotte.

Not the greatest results, but Hunter reported feeling fine and if he pitches a little better in his next rehab outing the Rays could go ahead and activate him. The right-hander had a 1.08 ERA in 10 relief appearances for Tampa Bay before straining his right calf in late April while rushing to cover first base.
May 23 - 7:14 PM

Tommy Hunter (calf) is slated to begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with High-A Charlotte.

Hunter should only need a couple of appearances before rejoining the Rays. The veteran reliever has been sidelined for a month due to a right calf strain. He had a 1.08 ERA over 10 appearances prior to the injury.
May 23 - 10:28 AM

Tommy Hunter (calf) has been cleared to begin throwing off a mound.

He will accompany the Rays on their upcoming road trip and throw bullpen sessions in front of the club's coaching staff. Hunter has been on the disabled list since straining his right calf while rushing to cover first base on April 22. The right-hander should be ready to return before the end of May.
May 11 - 10:53 AM

Rays placed RHP Tommy Hunter on the 10-day disabled list with a right calf strain.

Hunter suffered the injury while covering first base on Saturday. It's unclear how long he'll be sidelined.
Apr 23 - 10:19 AM

Tommy Hunter left Saturday's game agains the Astros with right calf tightness.

He pitched to two batters in the sixth inning before exiting. Hunter was limping in the clubhouse but refused crutches. Consider him day-to-day.
Apr 22 - 10:19 PM

Rays purchased the contract of RHP Tommy Hunter from Triple-A Durham.

Hunter won a spot in the Opening Day bullpen with a 2.70 ERA over nine spring appearances. He'll work the middle innings.
Apr 2 - 8:40 AM

Tommy Hunter was informed by Rays manager Kevin Cash that he has made the Opening Day roster.

Hunter, a non-roster invitee, won a bullpen spot on the strength of a 1.13 ERA over seven appearances this spring. The 30-year-old will provide an experienced arm in the Rays' bullpen.
Mar 28 - 8:44 AM

Rays signed RHP Tommy Hunter to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

MASN's Roch Kubatko reported last week that Hunter was still seeking a guaranteed major league deal, but he never did find one. The 30-year-old right-hander will report to Rays camp with designs on pitching his way into a bullpen spot. He posted a cool 3.18 ERA and 23/8 K/BB ratio in 34 innings last season between the Orioles and Indians while fighting through back troubles.
Feb 16 - 10:22 AM

According to Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports, free agent reliever Tommy Hunter is still seeking a major league deal.

Hunter finished 2016 with the Orioles after being released by the Indians, but Baltimore is only interested on bringing him back on a minor league deal at this time. The 30-year-old put up a 3.18 ERA and 23/8 K/BB ratio over 34 innings between the Orioles and Indians last season.
Source: MASN Sports
Feb 7 - 9:06 AM