O’s Trade Tommy Hunter To Cubs For OF Junior Lake

Sports and Bets — July 31, 2015 at 5:14 pm by

Tommy Hunter is heading to the Cubs in exchange for Junior Lake. Lake is a 25-year-old outfielder, who doesn’t seem like he will get much, if any, playing time with the Orioles this season. It’s already been reported that the right-handed hitting Lake is heading to Norfolk. This season, Lake has batted .224/.274/.345 with a HR, 5 RBIs, 2 runs scored, and 4 steals in 21 games with the Cubs. In parts of three major league seasons, Lake has hit .241/.283/.380 with 16 HRs, 46 RBIs, 58 runs scored, and 15 steals in 193 career games. In 691 games at the minor league level, Lake has slashed .274/.329/.415 with 56 HRs, 298 RBIs, 406 runs, and 128 steals. Lake began his career as an infielder before transitioning to the outfield, where he’s capable of playing all three positions. Lake also caused the benches to clear in Miami earlier this season after putting on an impressive display of showboating.

Hunter, 29, hasn’t pitched terribly this season, going 2-2 with a 3.63 ERA and 1.16 WHIP while striking out 32 batters over 44.2 innings. I’d have to think the O’s trading Hunter has less to do with his performance and more to do with his contract and the performance of other relievers. Hunter is making $4.65 million this year, and he will be a free agent after the season. There was no way in hell the Orioles were going to bring back Hunter next year, so I guess they figured they might as well get something for him. Also, with Darren O’Day, Zach Britton, Brad Brach, and Chaz Roe all pitching at a high level, Hunter became more of a luxury than a necessity. I would unquestionably rather have any of those four guys on the mound in a tight ballgame before Hunter. Mychal Givens was already called up by the Orioles after Bud Norris was designated for assignment, but I would think this move will give him a definite opportunity to stick in their bullpen. That kid has electric stuff, and I’m hoping he’s ready for the big stage.

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So long, Tommy. I won’t miss you going boom, but I will miss your 100 mph fastballs and your hilarious antics. Best of luck in Chicago, Big Game.

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