The middle-relief market has started to take shape as of Tuesday night. The Philadelphia Phillies have reached an agreement to sign veteran right-hander Tommy Hunter. The parties agreed on a two-year deal, FanRag Sports has learned. Hunter rehabilitated his value over the past year, again becoming a reliable middle reliever. He signed a minor-league deal with the Tampa Bay Rays in February and pitched 58.2 innings last season. He closed it out with a 2.61 ERA to make him an attractive relief option on this year’s market. He struck out batters a career-best clip of 9.8/9 innings. This came after the Cleveland Indians released Hunter midway through the 2016 season. Now, he’s in position to be one of the key arms in the Phillies’ pen. Hunter was one of several relievers to appear on the New York Mets’ radar, but as was the case with Bryan Shaw — also a potential Mets target — they will see him sign elsewhere. Shaw agreed to terms with the Colorado Rockies earlier on Tuesday night.
Phillies reach agreement with Tommy Hunter
Fanrag Sports | Dec 12