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Rays close to signing Tommy Hunter, have interest in Brian Wilson

As a reliever, Tommy Hunter is 19-12, 3.27 with 16 saves.

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As a reliever, Tommy Hunter is 19-12, 3.27 with 16 saves.



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.

[Last modified: Thursday, February 16, 2017 10:52am]


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