NY Mets Make Roster Decision On 15-Year Veteran

Five days before the start of the regular season: that's the automatic opt-out date for veterans with six or more years' service who have signed minor league deals. That means today was the day the New York Mets had to make a decision on 15-year veteran right-hander Tommy Hunter. And after a very strong spring, Hunter has been told he's made the team.

The 36-year-old began his career as a first-round pick by the Texas Rangers, as a starting pitcher, back in 2007. He eventually transitioned into a reliever as his career progressed. 

Hunter threw 22 strong innings last season for the Mets (2.42 ERA), and all he did this spring was toss eight scoreless frames, surrendering just four hits, while striking out nine against just one walk. 

The Mets, of course, have an extra spot up for grabs in the bullpen, after the calamitous season-ending injury suffered by Edwin Diaz at the World Baseball Classic. 

Hunter certainly won't be filling Diaz's shoes, but will be another fine arm for the Mets to roll out when needed. 

Hunter has a career 4.00 ERA, with a 1.23 WHIP.

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