As we mentioned in the recaps, Corey Seager had himself a whale of a night last night, hitting three homers and driving in six. But he almost did something more amazing than that: hitting for the home run cycle.
The home run cycle — which is sort of not a real thing, at least in the majors, but which sounds cool — is hitting a solo shot, a two-run shot, a three-run shot and a grand slam. Seager did the first three via a two-run homer in the first inning, a solo homer in the fourth and a three-run homer in the fifth. Then, in the sixth, he came up with the bases loaded and . . . hit a drive to the wall.
That would’ve been cool. I mean, it still was cool, but the grand slam on top of it all would’ve been majorly cool.
Update (7:51 PM ET): ESPN’s Buster Olney says the deal isn’t final yet. Rosenthal says that any delay on this trade is due to Kinsler’s no-trade clause, but he still expects the deal to happen.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels will acquire second baseman Ian Kinsler from the Tigers. It is not known yet what the Tigers will receive in return. Kinsler had to waive his no-trade clause in order for the deal to happen.
Kinsler, 35, hit .236/.313/.412 with 22 home runs, 52 RBI, 90 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases in 613 plate appearances for the Tigers this past season. He’s in the final year of his contract and will earn $10 million for the 2018 season.
The Angels were certainly looking to upgrade at second base and did so with Kinsler. They were also reportedly interested in Cesar Hernandez of the Phillies.