The Cleveland Indians have announced that relief Tommy Hunter has been released. The announcement came via Twitter Thursday afternoon. Hunter, 30, was pitching in Triple-A for the Columbus Clippers where he carried a 3.00 ERA in 15.0 innings this season.
The Indians signed Hunter to a one-year, $2 million deal this offseason as one of 18 relievers brought on board to compete for a spot in the bullpen. Hunter was coming off of a core injury that, according to The New York Post, cost him a potential $12 million deal with the Yankees.
Hunter appeared in 21 games for the Indians this season (21.2 innings) with a 3.74 ERA and a 3.15 FIP. Hunter’s last appearance in the majors was on July 9 when he allowed one run in an inning of work against the New York Yankees.