Sun, 09 Mar 2014 11:24:08 -0700
The Baltimore Orioles could move SP Bud Norris to the bullpen to close games if RP Tommy Hunter struggles in that role. Signing free-agent SP Ervin Santana (Royals) would give Baltimore a logjam in the rotation, making Norris one of the more likely starters to be moved to the bullpen or traded.
Thu, 06 Feb 2014 15:40:45 -0800
Now that the Seattle Mariners signed RP Fernando Rodney to be their closer, the chances of Baltimore Orioles RP Tommy Hunter serving as the closer to start the year have gone way up. The Orioles were one of the finalists to land Rodney for their bullpen. Hunter would like the chance to close if he's not a candidate for the starting rotation. Manager Buck Showalter has said RPs Darren O'Day and Ryan Webb won't be in line to pitch in the ninth on a regular basis. Baltimore continues to keep tabs on free-agent RPs Joel Hanrahan (Red Sox) and Andrew Bailey (Red Sox), however.
Sat, 18 Jan 2014 20:46:51 -0800
Baltimore Orioles beat writer Roch Kubatko reports it is becoming more apparent by the day that P Tommy Hunter will head to spring training as the favorite to land the closer's job, although manager Buck Showalter would not commit to that this week. The skipper said Hunter is simply a candidate.
Fri, 17 Jan 2014 08:43:29 -0800
The Baltimore Orioles avoided arbitration with RPs Tommy Hunter and Troy Patton Friday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to one-year deals with both. Hunter will earn $3 million in 2014 and Patton will make $1.27 million.
Wed, 25 Dec 2013 12:03:19 -0800
Baltimore Orioles RP Tommy Hunter has said he would like to be a starting pitcher but would be open to being the team's closer this season.
Sun, 22 Dec 2013 11:04:24 -0800
The Baltimore Orioles are expected to stay in-house to fill their vacancies at second base and closer, unless RP Fernando Rodney (Rays) lowers his asking price. RP Tommy Hunter appears to be the favorite to close games at the moment, with INF Ryan Flaherty expected to have the upper hand over INF Jemile Weeks for the second base job.
Tue, 03 Dec 2013 08:34:06 -0800
The Baltimore Orioles tendered contracts to six of their arbitration-eligible players Monday, Dec. 2: C Matt Wieters, 1B Chris Davis, SP Tommy Hunter, SP Bud Norris, SP Brian Matusz and P Troy Patton. They also re-signed 1B Steve Pearce.
Sat, 30 Nov 2013 00:47:42 -0800
The Baltimore Orioles have listened to offers for CL Jim Johnson but no firm talks of a deal with any team have been disclosed. Should Johnson be dealt, RPs Tommy Hunter and Darren O'Day have been discussed as replacements, but the team values O'Day as more of a setup specialist.
Thu, 22 Aug 2013 10:39:41 -0700
Baltimore Orioles RP Tommy Hunter, not RP Jim Johnson, recorded the save over the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday, Aug. 21, recording the final out of the inning after following RPs Darren O'Day and Brian Matusz. Manager Buck Showalter indicated that he was trying to stay away from Johnson, who had warmed up two or three days in a row and pitched Tuesday, Aug. 20. "Oh, sure, you can read it," Showalter said. "We've got 30-something games. We're going to put our best foot forward every night. Jimmy's our best option, one of them. I'm glad we've got more than one good option. We've got a lot of good options and we'll continue to make use of them."
Fantasy Tip: Hunter deserves to be added if you're looking for saves. Johnson is probably still Showalter's preference in the ninth for the long term, though. Francisco Rodriguez (groin) is battling a nagging injury and could also vulture a few saves while Johnson is vulnerable right now.
Thu, 15 Aug 2013 16:48:31 -0700
Baltimore Orioles RP Jim Johnson will remain the club's closer, said manager Buck Showalter on Thursday, Aug. 15. The manager was asked if RP Francisco Rodriguez could get an opportunity to pitch in the ninth inning, and he responded, "I don't foresee that."
Fantasy Tip: The O's have dealt with Johnson's failures on and off all season, so at some point they have to consider a change. It's not clear if K-Rod wouldn't get a chance just because Showalter may favor others or because he's loyal to Johnson. The likelihood is the latter, but Tommy Hunter and Darren O'Day would have to receive consideration as well in the event of a demotion of Johnson.