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The Phillies have been aggressive with the relief market at the 2017-2018 MLB Winter Meetings.  First, the Phillies reportedly agreed to terms with former Phillies reliever Pat Neshek.  The club was linked to reliever Addison Reed, but a Buster Olney report that the Phillies were "closing in" on a three-year, $27 million deal appear to be false.  But the Phillies have apparently landed reliever Tommy Hunter.

Jon Heyman of Fan Rag Sports reported that the Phillies do indeed have a deal in place with HunterMatt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer had previously reported that the Reed rumors were false and that the Phillies were nearing a deal with Hunter.  Heyman followed that up with another tweet that the deal will be for two years.

Hunter is a seasoned Major League veteran reliever.  Now 32 years old, Hunter made his major league debut with the Texas Rangers in 2008 as a starter.  After moving on to the Baltimore Orioles, Hunter became a relief pitcher in 2012 and has not made a start since the 2013 season began. 

Hunter has been mostly effective as a reliever.  In 2017 with the Tampa Bay Rays, Hunter went 3-5 with a 2.61 earned run average in 61 games and 58 2/3 innings.  Hunter struck out 64, while walking 14.

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