In a deal shortly before the deadline, the Chicago Cubs have acquired Baltimore Orioles’ reliever, Tommy Hunter for outfielder, Junior Lake. Hunter, 29, has been with the Orioles since 2011, and was previously on the Rangers. In 39 appearances this season, Hunter has a 2-2 record with a 3.63 ERA and a 3.32 FIP. In return, the Orioles received the 25-year old Junior Lake. Lake has bounced between AAA and the majors this season, making spot appearances in the outfield, and has some experience in the middle infield. Lake has a .224 batting average with a .274 OBP and 1 home run.
Junior Lake to #Orioles for Tommy Hunter.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2015
Though it’s not the major deal the many were expected the Cubs to make today, Hunter should solidify a bullpen that has been taxed heavily so far this season, and has suffered from poor play at times this year. Hunter should help the Cubs as they make a push for their first playoffs appearance since 2008. The deal follows the acquisition of Dan Haren earlier today for two minor leaguers.
For the Orioles, Lake should help fill a deficiency in the outfield, and adds depth as the Orioles try to return to the playoffs in what could be a very open AL East. This move follows another trade the Orioles made today for former Brewers and Diamondbacks outfielder, Gerardo Parra.