Jun 24, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles pitcher Tommy Hunter (29) throws in the sixth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Indians defeated the Orioles 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Rumors: Baltimore Orioles haven't told Tommy Hunter if he's the closer

When the Baltimore Orioles traded away Jim Johnson this past offseason and opted not to sign Grant Balfour after a failed physical, it was widely assumed that Tommy Hunter would be thrust into the closer role.

But with just hours until the 2014 Major League Baseball season kicks off, Hunter hasn’t been informed of his closing status yet.

Hunter said he hasn’t been told that he’s closer. But it’s assumed #Orioles

The Orioles do have a few options in the bullpen they could use, though, Hunter brings one of the more lively arms – something a lot of scouts and managers prefer when it comes to a closer.

It’s possible the Orioles haven’t told Hunter the closing job is his simply because they want him to ‘earn’ the job or possibly because they’re not sure what they plan to do yet.

It’s possible the team could run with a closer by committee approach until they find somebody they’re comfortable with, though Hunter does seem to be the most likely option at this point – officially named or not.

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