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Former Phillie Tommy Hunter signs with Mets


On Sunday, the New York Mets announced that Tommy Hunter will be heading north from Philadelphia to Queens.

Tommy Hunter spent parts of three seasons with the Phillies. (Keith Allison)

Hunter, who received a minor league deal and a major league spring training invite, will look to bolster a strong Mets bullpen. He posted a 3.64 ERA in 94 appearances over three seasons with the Phillies.

The big right-hander signed a two-year deal with Philadelphia worth $18 million during the 2018 offseason. Hunter was expected to be featured in the back-end of the bullpen coming off his exceptional 2017 season, in which he had a 2.61 ERA with the Tampa Bay Rays.

However, Hunter delivered middling results in his first campaign with the Phillies, posting a 3.80 ERA and 3.63 FIP in 65 appearances. Injuries limited Hunter to just five appearances in 2019, the final year of that initial contract.

After 2019, Hunter re-signed with the Phillies for only $850,000. Though his 4.01 ERA in 24 games was disappointing, his 3.31 FIP suggests he was unlucky in the pandemic-shortened season.

The deal with the Mets is Hunter’s first non-guaranteed contract of his career. Now 34, Hunter will need to prove himself in spring training to have a shot to make the Mets 26-man opening day roster.

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