Rays close to signing Tommy Hunter, have interest in Brian Wilson
The Rays are set to add another experienced reliever to their spring roster as they are close to signing RHP Tommy Hunter to a minor-league deal, the Times has learned.
Hunter, 30, split last season between the Indians and Orioles, going 2-2, 3.18 in 33 games. He has spent parts of nine seasons in the majors, coming up with Texas and then moving to Baltimore, and switched from starting to relieving in 2013.
As a reliever, Hunter is 19-12, 3.27 with 16 saves.
Wilson, 34, is trying to make a comeback as a knuckleballer, having last pitched in the majors in 2014. The Rays have developed a program to work with and refine knuckleball pitchers, so their interest in Wilson - which would be on a minor-league deal and not a camp invite - would make sense.
Wilson was known as much for his solid relief work as his eccentric personality during his time with the Giants and Dodgers.