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Tommy Hunter | Relief Pitcher | #21

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (29) / 7/3/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 260
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Alabama
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 300 (0) / TEX
Contract: view contract details
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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times mentioned free agents Tommy Hunter, Burke Badenhop and Ryan Webb as "legit possibilities" for the Rays.
Tampa Bay is looking to beef up its bullpen after trading Jake McGee to Colorado last week. The Rays have also been linked to Tyler Clippard though he might be out of their price range. Hunter is coming off a disappointing season (4.18 ERA in 58 appearances) but has been a solid late-inning and middle relief option throughout his career. The hard-throwing right-hander is reportedly holding out for a two-year deal. Feb 6 - 11:23 PM

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Rich Dubroff of CSNmidatlantic.com reports that free agent reliever Tommy Hunter is holding out for a two-year contract.

Dubroff hears that Hunter has "intrigued teams," but this explains why he's still on the market. The 29-year-old posted a mediocre 4.18 ERA over 58 appearances last season between the Orioles and Cubs, but he still showed very good control and he had a 2.88 ERA over 128 appearances between 2013-2014. He could be a useful piece somewhere.
Jan 26 - 11:24 AM

Rich Dubroff of CSNMidAtlantic.com reports that the Indians, Tigers, and Padres are among the teams showing interest in free agent right-hander Tommy Hunter.

Hunter posted an underwhelming 4.18 ERA in 60 1/3 innings of relief this year between the Orioles and Cubs, but he showed pretty good command (47/14 K/BB ratio) through the run-control struggles and he was excellent for Chicago in 2014. Teams are likely viewing him as a low-risk, potentially-high-reward bullpen addition. This is one- or two-year deal territory.
Mon, Nov 23, 2015 12:36:00 PM

Cubs acquired RHP Tommy Hunter from the Orioles in exchange for OF Junior Lake.

Hunter, who is a free agent after the season, holds a 3.63 ERA with 32 strikeouts over 44 2/3 relief innings this season. He'll help out the Cubs in a middle relief role. Lake is in the minors now but could get a look as an occasional corner outfielder.
Fri, Jul 31, 2015 04:07:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs have discussed Tommy Hunter with the Orioles.

The O's are expected to add payroll from an offensive standpoint, so they're looking to shed some elsewhere. Hunter is making $4.65 million this season before hitting free agency this winter.
Fri, Jul 31, 2015 08:49:00 AM

Orioles and RHP Tommy Hunter avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.65 million contract.

MLBTradeRumors.com projected Hunter to earn $4.4 million in his final year of arbitration, so it appears the reliever got a nice deal here. Hunter struggled in the closer role earlier on last season and spent time on the DL, but he finished strong with a 1.83 ERA from June on. He'll operate in a setup role ahead of Zach Britton in 2015.
Mon, Jan 12, 2015 06:22:00 PM

Tommy Hunter pitched perfect seventh and eighth innings against the Rays on Wednesday for his first hold of the year.

Hunter was coming off back-to-back poor appearances, but manager Buck Showalter showed some faith in him by going to him in a 1-0 game. With Zach Britton still pitching well in the closer's role, Hunter has no value in typical mixed leagues at the moment. He might start racking up some holds if he throws well, though.
Wed, Jun 18, 2014 05:11:00 PM

Making his first appearance since coming off the DL, Tommy Hunter closed out Baltimore's 4-0 win over Boston on Monday.

It's good to see that Buck Showalter trusted Hunter to finish off a four-run game, and Hunter handled it well, throwing 10 pitches in a perfect frame. Still, he's not going to be a candidate for saves again unless Zach Britton slips up.
Mon, Jun 9, 2014 11:55:00 PM

Orioles activated RHP Tommy Hunter from the 15-day disabled list.

Hunter missed a little over two weeks with a left groin strain. Zach Britton has pitched well in the closer role, so Hunter has some work cut out for him to get the ninth inning back.
Sun, Jun 8, 2014 01:16:00 PM

Tommy Hunter struck out two in a scoreless inning of work for Low-A Delmarva in his final rehab outing on Saturday.

He also hit a batter, with the baserunner being erased on a caught stealing to end Hunter's day. He'll be activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Orioles on Sunday.
Sat, Jun 7, 2014 07:10:00 PM

Tommy Hunter (groin) will be activated from the disabled list on Sunday.

Hunter threw a two-inning simulated game Thursday and will make one rehab appearance for Low-A Delmarva on Saturday. Assuming he gets through that outing with no issues, he'll be back in the Orioles' bullpen Sunday. Zach Britton has pitched well in the closer role, so Hunter has some work cut out for him to get the ninth inning back.
Thu, Jun 5, 2014 06:13:00 PM

Tommy Hunter (groin) threw a simulated inning on Thursday afternoon in Arlington, Texas.

If the right-hander wakes up Friday with no abnormal discomfort, he should be cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment. Hunter has been out since May 22 because of a left groin strain. Zach Britton has since taken over ninth-inning duties for Baltimore.
Thu, Jun 5, 2014 03:16:00 PM

Tommy Hunter (groin) is scheduled to throw a simulated game Thursday.

Hunter could be ready to rejoin the Orioles' bullpen as early as Saturday, but Zach Britton has done a good job as a fill-in at closer and could keep the gig. Hunter has been out since May 22 with a left groin strain.
Wed, Jun 4, 2014 06:35:00 PM

Tommy Hunter (groin) felt "great" after performing fielding drills on Wednesday afternoon.

Hunter threw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday and will throw another 'pen session on Thursday. He is expected to return from the disabled list next Monday, though Zach Britton could hold onto ninth-inning duties.
Wed, Jun 4, 2014 05:25:00 PM

Tommy Hunter (groin) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday and reported feeling fine.

Hunter will do fielding drills Wednesday and throw another bullpen session on Thursday. He is on track to return from the 15-day disabled list next Monday, though it's not clear what his immediate role will be. Zach Britton has been serving as Baltimore's closer.
Tue, Jun 3, 2014 05:11:00 PM