Brandon Phillips arrested for reckless driving

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Brandon Phillips takes the label of speedster a bit too literally. The Reds second baseman was arrested and charged with reckless driving on Friday night, according to Quan Truong of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Phillips, who turns 29 on Monday, was driving his new Audi at about 72 mph in a 35-mph zone. There was no alcohol involved and his mother was in the car with him at the time.

He was was booked into the Kenton County (OH) Jail and released about an hour
after posting $25 bond.

There’s nothing funny about behavior like this, especially when someone has so much to lose as a result of their actions, but I love the comments by deputy chief jailer Colonel Scott Colvin.

“Reckless driving, a lot of times, is truly a discretionary offense,”
Colvin said. “He was nothing but a gentleman, according to the policeman
that booked him. I love the way the guy plays baseball but he could
probably be better at driving his car.”

Phillips is scheduled to appear at Kenton
County Municipal Court on Tuesday morning.

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.