CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles and reliever Tommy Hunter have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.65 million contract.
Hunter earned $3 million last season while posting a 2.97 ERA, 11 saves, and a 45/12 K/BB ratio over 60 2/3 innings. The 28-year-old right-hander began the year as Buck Showalter’s choice for closer, but he struggled miserably before going on the disabled list with a groin injury in May. Zach Britton ran away with the closer role from there, but Hunter was much better in a set-up role upon his return, putting up a 1.83 ERA over his final 41 appearances.
This was Hunter’s third go-around with the arbitration process and he’ll be eligible for free agency after the 2015 season.