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Rays having advanced talks with free-agent RHP Tommy Hunter

Tommy Hunter, 29, is coming off abdominal surgery that could sideline him at the start of the season.

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Tommy Hunter, 29, is coming off abdominal surgery that could sideline him at the start of the season.

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The Rays have been having advanced talks with free-agent Tommy Hunter as they seek to add another experienced reliever.

Hunter, 29, is coming off abdominal surgery that could sideline him at the start of the season.  The hard-throwing right-hander split 2015 between the Orioles and Cubs, going 4-2, 4.18. Per ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, Hunter sustained the injury late in the season.

The two previous seasons in Baltimore he was 9-7, 2.88 with 15 saves.

The Rays have also talked to free-agent RHP Ryan Webb and others, and discussed trade possibilities. Hunter, who made $4.65-million last season, is also talking to other teams, and may be seeking a multiyear deal.

The Rays have a hole in their bullpen since trading LHP Jake McGee, leaving RHP Alex Colome and LHP Xaiver Cedeno as the most likely setup men to closer Brad Boxberger.

[Last modified: Friday, February 12, 2016 8:06am]

    

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