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January 04, 2016

Phils sign OF Cedric Hunter to minor league deal

The Philadelphia Phillies added another name to their spring training roster on Monday when they signed outfielder Cedric Hunter to a minor league contract.

Hunter, who turns 28 in March, has spent the last two seasons in the Atlanta Braves minor league system. He hit .283 with a .751 OPS, 12 home runs, 21 doubles and stole 11 bases in 138 games at Triple-A Gwinnett in 2015.

The lefthanded-hitting Hunter, a third-round pick by San Diego in 2006, appeared in six major league games with the Padres in 2011. He will compete for a job on the Phillies bench this spring, but is more likely to be among those headed to Allentown to begin the season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

The Phillies will have no shortage of players like Hunter - signed to minor league contracts with invitations to major league camp - in Clearwater next month. A week before Christmas, the team signed two former major league closers to such deals, including South Jersey product, former All-Star and American League Rookie of the Year Andrew Bailey.