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Hunter stumping for closer's role

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07:32 AM ET 01.16 | Credit reliever Tommy Hunter for taking advantage of the circumstances. In the midst of the fallout from the Baltimore Orioles' trade of closer Jim Johnson last month, manager Buck Showalter received a comforting text message from [Hunter]. The message from Hunter, one of the club's top set-up men last season, was clear: If you need me to be the closer, I'm ready. "I don't think I said it that way," Hunter joked Tuesday while recalling the message. "I think I said, 'I want the (damn) job.'" ... At the time, Hunter was a secondary option for the ninth. The Orioles would prefer to keep him in the eighth inning but with less than a month until pitchers and catchers report to spring training, it's almost inevitable that Hunter will be the leading candidate to assume the closer job.

The Baltimore Sun

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January 16, 2014  08:10 AM ET

....big boy is loose minded and semi-talented enough to do the job pretty well...

January 16, 2014  08:21 AM ET
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....big boy is loose minded and semi-talented enough to do the job pretty well...

Big Boy is arbitration eligible this year and next. Big Boy knows closers get paid a lot more than set up guy.

January 16, 2014  08:27 AM ET
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I would think it is his to lose.

It doesn't seem like they have much of a choice.

January 16, 2014  09:47 AM ET

I'm sure subariner O'day is in the mix

 
January 17, 2014  12:36 AM ET
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It doesn't seem like they have much of a choice.

since the orioles had have lose any type of trust in the free agent players,best thing to do its to go inhouse!!

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