The Giants hit into a lot of double plays

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I’m not sure what’s the most surprising thing about this article:

1. That the Giants are on pace to hit into 209 double plays, which would beat the current record by a country mile;

2. That the Giants’ offense has actually produced enough base runners to hit into that many double plays; or

3. That the current record — 174 — was set by a team that was actually pretty good: the 1990 Red Sox.

What does not surprise me is that Pablo Sandoval leads the team with eight Gidps. Dude ain’t fast.

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.