The Baltimore Orioles and Tommy Hunter avoided arbitration Monday when the two sides agreed to a one-year contract worth $1.82 million, reports Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. It was Hunter's first time through the arbitration process.
Hunter, 26, was 7-8 with a 5.45 ERA in 133 ⅔ innings in 2012, making 20 starts. He excelled in a relief role as he went 3-0 with a 0.71 ERA in his last 10 appearances. The right-hander is 33-24 with a 4.77 ERA in his five seasons spent with the Rangers and Orioles. His best year came in 2010 when he was 13-4 with a 3.73 ERA. He was acquired by the Orioles with Chris Davis at the trade deadline in 2011 in exchange for Koji Uehara.
Connolly also noted that the Orioles and Matusz are also nearing a deal.