The Orioles have agreed to contract terms with right-hander
Hunter, 26, pitched in 33 games (20 starts for the Orioles), going 7-8 with a 5.45 ERA. He was more effective as a reliever, winning all three of his decisions while pitching to a 3.71 ERA.
This was the first year of arbitration for Hunter, who made $493,500 in 2012.
According to an industry source, the Orioles are also close to a deal with left-hander
Matusz, 25, was 6-10 with a 4.87 ERA in 34 games (16 starts) for the Orioles in 2012. He, too, was switched to the bullpen and he excelled in the role. In 18 regular-season games as a reliever, Matusz was 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 13 1/3 innings.
Matusz qualified as a Super 2 player -- meaning he will have four years of arbitration. As part of the major-league deal he signed in 2008, Matusz made $1.35 million in 2012.
The Orioles’ arbitration-eligible list is now down to seven players: Matusz,