CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Baltimore Orioles and reliever Tommy Hunter have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.65 million contract.
tommy hunter settles for $4.65M for 2015. #orioles
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 12, 2015
Hunter began last season as Baltimore’s closer, but the right-hander faltered and was replaced by Zach Britton. Hunter regrouped and played a key role as a late-inning specialist for the AL East champions.
Hunter went 3-2 with 11 saves in 17 tries in 2014. He had a 2.97 ERA over 60 2/3 innings, striking out 45 and walking only 12.
The 28-year-old Hunter has been with the Orioles since arriving with Chris Davis in a July 2011 trade with Texas. He made his debut with the Rangers in 2008.