Cincinnati Reds Re-Sign Nine-Year Veteran

The on-again, off-again dalliance between the Cincinnati Reds and nine-year veteran reliever Hunter Strickland is on once again. The team has re-signed the 34-year-old to a minor league deal.

Strickland spent the 2022 season in Cincinnati where he threw 62.1 innings to the tune of a 4.91 ERA and 1.51 WHIP with seven saves. As a free agent in the offseason, he re-signed with the Reds on a minor league deal, but his camp was a bit of a disaster, as he allowed 10 earned runs in just nine innings. Naturally, he didn't break camp with the team, and the Reds released him over the weekend. 

But just two days later, he's decided to remain in the organization, and will provide relief depth at Triple-A Louisville for now. 

The Reds are Strickland's eighth major league team over the course of his nine seasons in the bigs; he sports a fine 3.41 ERA in 374.2 innings, with a 1.25 WHIP and 28 career saves. In 2018, he acted as a partial closer for the San Francisco Giants. He earned himself a ring there in his rookie season of 2014, by pitching seven scoreless innings in the regular season, and another eight innings in the postseason.

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