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Indians sign Tommy Hunter to 1-year deal

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The right-hander will join Cleveland's bullpen and is the latest of many veteran additions for the Tribe.

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The Indians have signed right-hander Tommy Hunter to a 1-year deal, according to a team announcement. Hunter will earn $2 million, according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

Hunter, 29, drew strong interest from the Rays, Mets, Padres and Tigers this offseason before agreeing to terms with Cleveland. He posted a 4.18 ERA in 58 appearances between the Orioles and Cubs last season, but struggled after being traded to Chicago at the trade deadline.

Hunter is the first reliever signed to a major-league deal this winter by Cleveland, though veterans Joba Chamberlain, Ross Detwiler, Tom Gorzelanny, Joe Thatcher and Craig Stammen have all joined the Tribe on minor-league pacts. Cleveland is expected to have a wide-open bullpen competition in camp, with Hunter joining Cody Allen, Kyle Crockett and Zack McAllister as sure bets to make the team.

Hunter is a veteran of eight major-league seasons with the Rangers (2008-11), Orioles (2011-15) and Cubs (2015), and has posted a 46-33 record and 4.31 ERA in that span.