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Orioles, Tommy Hunter avoid arbitration with one-year deal

Jan 14, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

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Tommy Hunter and the Orioles have agreed to a one-year deal to avoid arbitration, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.

Hunter was terrible last season, throwing 134 innings with a 5.45 ERA and being demoted to the minors, but he still gets a raise from $500,000 to $1.82 million thanks to being arbitration eligible for the first time at age 25.

Hunter parlayed some good luck and even better run support into a 13-4 record and 3.68 ERA for the Rangers in 2010, but since then he’s posted a 5.15 ERA in 218 innings while serving up 44 homers.

  1. alang3131982 - Jan 14, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    He’s good in the bullpen — just stick him there so he can take over for Strop.

    • pipkin42 - Jan 14, 2013 at 7:17 PM

      Yeah, the hope for him to be useful appears to reside in the bullpen. He could really dial it up in there last year. We’ll see if it’ll work over the course of a season this year.

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