The second day of this week's Orioles minicamp Tuesday was much more productive than the first.

The second day of this week's Orioles minicamp Tuesday was much more productive than the first.

Unlike Monday, the weather cooperated for the Orioles at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. Eight pitchers threw bullpen sessions: right-handers Hunter Harvey, Parker Bridwell, Mychal Givens, Jon Keller, Eddie Gamboa and Mike Wright, and left-handers Brian Gonzalez and Pat McCoy.

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Outfielder Henry Urrutia, as well as newcomer outfielder-first baseman Alex Hassan and minor league outfielder Michael Burgess, took batting practice. Between catching bullpens, catchers Michael Ohlman, Alex Murphy and Jonah Heim also took BP.

-- Right-hander Tommy Hunter said he was happy to have his contract resolved for the upcoming season. One of the team's 11 arbitration-eligible players, Hunter agreed to a $4.65 million deal for next season, becoming the first arbitration-eligible player to be signed. Hunter made $3 million in 2014.

"It's done," Hunter said. "It's out. I'm here, finally. Back another year. Awesome, Glad it worked out. I don't know how well it went or how not well it went. I'm smiling, so [I'm] here."

Hunter, who said he's willing to discuss a long-term deal, is also one of 11 Orioles who will be free agents after the 2015 season, a group that includes catcher Matt Wieters, first baseman Chris Davis and left-hander Wei-Yin Chen, who all figure to be rewarded well if they become free agents.

"How many guys is it?" Hunter said. "Eleven guys. What's the projection for next year for what these guys are going to get? What's a hundred million dollars? How many figures is that? Nine, 10, 11, 12, 13 figures. A lot more than I'm looking at. I tell them I'm a lot cheaper than some of these other guys, but you've got some pretty big names getting out there."

Because there are so many possible free agents, Hunter said there more of a "win now" mentality in 2015.

"It would be awesome to keep this team together, keep this group together, but this is baseball," Hunter said. "There's a business part of this, too. Let's win this year, and worry about everything else after. … "We've got a lot. We talk about it. We've thought about it. It's a right here, right now type of deal. I think a lot can really speak for that. We've got a pretty good group of guys, a strong group, see what happens, roll the dice, man, let's go."

-- Left-hander T.J. McFarland arrived at minicamp Tuesday, but he didn't throw. He said he's about a month into his throwing program in preparation for spring training.

"For me, for guys up north, it's nice to get out of that cold weather and start throwing outside a little bit," he said. "Kind of get that mode back into spring training. We're about a month away from it starting."

McFarland, who was a starting pitcher when he came to the Orioles as a Rule 5 selection before the 2013 season, has spent the majority of his past two seasons in the bullpen. But he said he will go into spring training with the mentality that he's trying to earn a roster spot, whether that's as a starter or reliever.

"The mentality is try to make the team," McFarland said. "Obviously for myself going into spring training, especially the last two years, it's always been fighting for a job, so that's exactly what I'm going to try to do. Whatever it is, whatever they see me fit for. Just like every year, I'll come into spring and do my best and see if I can make the team."

McFarland didn't make the major league club out of spring training last season. Instead he was sent to Triple-A Norfolk to be a starter, but he returned to the Orioles when they needed bullpen help.

-- Rule 5 pick Logan Verrett said he was speechless when he found out that he had been selected by the Orioles last month.

"My wife called me and told me," Verrett said. "I had just gotten out of the shower and was going about my day as usual, and she called me and told me. Initially, I was like, 'No way.' And she's like, 'No, I'm serious. They drafted you.' I was speechless. I couldn't even get a word out. I was kind of choked up a bit, just really, really happy."

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Verrett likely will throw a bullpen session Wednesday.

"It's great," he said. "I'm really excited. I'm just pumped up to get to meet some of the guys and put faces with names. Same with the staff. You get to know the facilities and the area a little bit before we jump into spring training. That aspect is really nice."

When they selected Verrett, the Orioles said they liked the track record of success he built throughout the New York Mets' minor league system.

"I like to win," he said. "I hate losing more than anything. I know with my stuff, I've got to know how to pitch. I've got to set guys up, mix and change speeds, change eye levels. The whole minor league and college system has been a learning process for me, figuring out how to maximize my stuff and how best I can get wins."

Verrett, who was 11-5 with a 4.33 ERA with the Mets' Triple-A team in Las Vegas last season, admitted that he was disappointed that he wasn't called up to the major leagues when rosters expanded, but knows he's in a good situation now with the Orioles.

"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed," Verrett said. " I thought with how I performed last year, I had a good chance of getting called up in September. But I understand it's mostly business at that point, maybe saving a little money or whatever the case may be. No hard feelings. It all happens for a reason. I think I'm in a good spot now, and I'm really happy about it."

Verrett has been a career starting pitcher, but he is open to working out of the bullpen if that's where the team needs him in order to keep him on the roster, much like they did with McFarland during his Rule 5 season in 2013.

"Whatever they need me to do," Verrett said. "I'm here to help the team in any way, wteher it's starting, long relief, short relief, whatever it is. I just want to get the ball in my hand and be on the mound and give us a chance to win."

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