On the day that arbitration figures are set to be exchanged, the Baltimore Orioles are having themselves a busy morning. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun (@DanConnollySun) reports that both Tommy Hunter and Troy Patton have come to agreements.
Tommy Hunter, the leading in-house candidate for the O’s vacant closer position, will make $3 million in 2014, up from $1.82 million in 2013. The former starter with the Texas Rangers turned all important set up man for the Orioles found a niche during his time in Baltimore, finding success in being able to “air out” his fastball up to 99 mph. He went 6-5 with a 2.81 ERA over 68 games for Baltimore.
Patton, another strong candidate for the closer role, had a 2-0 record with a 3.70 ERA over 56 games. His new salary is $1.275 million, up from $825,000 in 2013. Should Hunter become the closer, Patton would likely fit into the 7th or 8th inning role along with Darren O’Day.