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Tommy Hunter | Relief Pitcher

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (29) / 7/3/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 260
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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. Jul 31 - 4:07 PM

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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.
Jul 31 - 8:49 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.
Jan 12 - 6:22 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

Tommy Hunter (groin) isn't expected to return from the disabled list until June 9.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that he misspoke when he stated previously that Hunter could be ready when first eligible on June 5. The reliever threw a successful bullpen session Sunday and needs a couple rehab appearances before being activated.
Sun, Jun 1, 2014 01:11:00 PM

Tommy Hunter (groin) will throw a bullpen on Sunday to help determine if he will be ready to return from the disabled list when first eligible on June 5.

This will be Hunter's first salvo of pitches from the pitcher's mound since going on the disabled list on May 22 with a strained left groin. If all goes well, Hunter will play in two rehab games. June 5 remains the target date for his return. The right-hander had been struggling in the closer's role prior to his injury, posting a 6.06 ERA with three blown saves in 16 1/3 relief innings.
Sat, May 31, 2014 02:38:00 PM

Tommy Hunter (groin) could return from the disabled list when first eligible on June 5.

Hunter has thrown on flat ground for four days and should throw from the bump soon. The reliever lost his closer job before going on the disabled list, but there's a chance he could get it back at some point, making him a worthy stash if you're searching for saves.
Thu, May 29, 2014 07:30:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Miguel Montero
2David Ross
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Javier Baez
2Tommy La Stella
SS1Addison Russell
2Starlin Castro
3Jonathan Herrera
3B1Kris Bryant
LF1Kyle Schwarber
2Chris Denorfia
3Quintin Berry
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Austin Jackson
RF1Jorge Soler
2Chris Coghlan
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Jake Arrieta
3Jason Hammel
4Dan Haren
5Kyle Hendricks
6Jacob Turner
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Hector Rondon
2Pedro Strop
3Jason Motte
4Tommy Hunter
5Justin Grimm
6Fernando Rodney
7Trevor Cahill
8Travis Wood
9Clayton Richard
10Tsuyoshi Wada
11Neil Ramirez