Watch as Orioles designated hitter Nelson Cruz ties Wednesday night’s game against the White Sox with one swing of the bat on a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning …
It started raining in Baltimore soon after that blast and the tarp was called for after the bottom of the ninth with the score still 4-4, but play eventually resumed and the O’s won it in the 12th. Cruz boasts 24 homers and 64 RBI in 76 games this season. He was signed to a bargain one-year, $8 million deal in February.
Update (8:40 PM ET): Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Hunter’s contract with the Phillies is for two years.
There’s been a bit of confusion at the Winter Meetings. First, ESPN’s Buster Olney reported that the Phillies were close to signing free agent reliever Addison Reed. That report was then disputed by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer then reported that not only do the Phillies not have a deal with Reed, they’re actually moving in on a deal with free agent pitcher Tommy Hunter. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic backed up Gelb’s report, as did Todd Zolecki of MLB.com.
Hunter, 31, spent the past season with the Rays, posting a 2.61 ERA with a 64/14 K/BB ratio across 58 2/3 innings. The right-hander, a veteran of 10 seasons in the majors, should be a good addition to the Phillies’ bullpen, which also recently added Pat Neshek. Neshek and Hunter will likely work the innings just ahead of closer Hector Neris.
As for Reed, well, who knows.