Phillies outfielder Adam Haseley robbed former Phillie and current Reds infielder Freddy Galvis of a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning Wednesday night in Cincinnati. With the Reds leading 6-5, Galvis smashed a Blake Parker splitter out to center field, but Haseley had it tracked all the way. He plucked the ball from just beyond the fence and slow-played that he had caught the ball, waiting a few seconds before flashing the ball.
Despite Haseley’s effort, Parker continued to get shelled in the eighth as he gave up a two-run home run to pinch-hitter Michael Lorenzen, a pitcher who has occasionally played the outfield and come off the bench. Lorenzen now has seven career homers.
MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.
Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.
Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.