Lowell contradicts the Sox brass on what he said about his thumb

Leave a comment

Red Sox’ assistant GM Ben Cherington on Mike Lowell and his thumb over the weekend:

“Even at the end of the playoffs, in our exit physical, he barely made mention of it.”

Mile Lowell, speaking about his thumb to WEEI’s Rob Bradford last night:

“I was in constant and open communication about my thumb situation from the moment it happened to every week after.”

I have no idea who’s telling the truth here, but I think Rosenthal is right: Lowell is done in Boston.

Report: Giants in “serious discussions” with Reds to acquire Billy Hamilton

Andy Lyons/Getty Images
Leave a comment

Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Giants are engaged in “serious discussions” with the Reds to acquire center fielder Billy Hamilton. Talks are apparently advanced enough that a deal could be completed before the end of the Winter Meetings on Thursday.

It’s no secret that the Giants would like to make an upgrade in the outfield this offseason, as the club has also been linked to Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. Currently, the Giants’ outfield consists of Denard Span, Hunter Pence, and Jarrett Parker.

Hamilton, 27, owns a meager .248/.298/.334 batting line across parts of five seasons in the majors with the Reds. However, he has plenty of speed, having stolen at least 56 bases in each of the last four seasons. Hamilton is also well-regarded for his defense, which would be a boon at spacious AT&T Park.

Hamilton is in his second of three years of arbitration eligibility. He’s projected to earn $5 million for this coming season. Buchanan notes that the Rangers are also interested in potentially acquiring Hamilton.