Reds sign Kevin Gregg to a minor league deal

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The Reds announced on Twitter that the club has signed reliever Kevin Gregg to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the right-hander will get a $1.5 million base salary and can earn more money based on games appeared in and games finished. Gregg had showcased for about half the league last month.

Gregg, 36, was only able to throw nine innings in the major leagues with the Marlins last season, allowing 10 runs on 11 hits with a 6/5 K/BB ratio. He underwent surgery to remove bone chips in his right elbow in August. Gregg, however, was productive out of the bullpen for the Cubs in 2013, so there’s a chance he still has something left in the tank.

The Reds also bolstered their bullpen by signing Burke Badenhop to a one-year deal on Saturday.

Video: Cole Tucker’s first MLB hit is a two-run homer

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Pirates prospect shortstop Cole Tucker stepped up for an injured Erik González on Saturday and wasted little time proving that he was ready to shoulder major-league responsibilities. After starting the game 0-for-2, Tucker pounced on Derek Holland‘s 2-2 sinker and sent it out to center field for a two-run shot in the fifth inning.

Following the tie-breaking blast, Tucker responded to cheers from the crowd with… perhaps a little more ceremony than the occasion required. He was the second of the Pirates’ prospects to record his first major-league hit during the game, as outfielder Bryan Reynolds also hit a single off of Holland in the fourth.

Jung Ho Kang struck out to end the inning, after which a rain delay was called. The Pirates currently lead the Giants 3-1.