MLB warns George Sherrill to speed things up

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Dodgers’ reliever George Sherrill got a nastygram from Bob Watson over pace-of-game issues:

Dodgers reliever George Sherrill received a warning letter from MLB
vice president of on-field operations Bob Watson for taking too long to
warm up on April 14 at Dodger Stadium against the D-backs . . . The letter, a warning that came without a fine, cited Sherrill for
taking 45 seconds too long to throw his eight warm-up pitches.

Sherrill treated the warning with the utmost professionalism, of course, taping it to his locker and writing “With more strikes called, the game is faster,” on the bottom.

If I was Bob Watson, I’d respond with something like “when you and your 8.00 ERA start throwing pitches near the strike zone perhaps more strikes will be called, Meat. Now speed things up, capice?

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

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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.