Fantasy Baseball Draft: Closer Status for 2015
MAR 20, 7:30a ET | Adam Meyer
Rotowire: Mar 8 / 6:36p ET
News: Hunter threw a scoreless inning in Sunday's spring training game and his fastball was sitting at 94-95 mph, according to MASN Sports.
Impact: Hunter's velocity is right about where it was during the the last two seasons. He lost the closer's job last May and paid a visit to the disabled list before putting things together when he returned. From June to September, Hunter had a 1.49 ERA. The Orioles would probably call his number as the closer if Zach Britton falters or gets injured.
Rotowire: Jan 12 / 5:19p ET
News: Hunter and the Orioles have avoided arbitration, agreeing to terms on a $4.65 million deal, Roch Kubatko of MASN reports.
Impact: Hunter will get a sizable raise after making $3 million in 2014. The 28-year-old went 3-2 with a 2.97 ERA in 60 appearances last season. He allowed just four home runs and handed only 12 walks across 60.2 cumulative innings.
StatsLLC: Jan 12 / 12:00a ET
News: Hunter has agreed to a $4.65 million, one-year contract with the club. 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.
Impact: 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. Hunter avoids arbitration with the contract, which was announced on Monday. 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.