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Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon talks about building confidence, bullpens
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon talks about building confidence, bullpens

When the Orioles traded Jim Johnson in December and then spiked a potential deal with Grant Balfour weeks later, the likelihood of Tommy Hunter being the club’s 2014 closer increased. With a few weeks left in the offseason, the Orioles could still land a closer-type pitcher, but management isn't sweating things if Hunter begins the spring as the club’s closer-in-waiting. As executive vice president Dan Duquette likes to say, no one knew what Johnson could do until he was given the job full-time in 2012 (and saved 51 of 54 games). Johnson was part of a bullpen in 2011 that included two guys who the Orioles had signed to be closers but lost the job (Michael Gonzalez...

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