Shin-Soo Choo issued a statement earlier this evening in regards to his DUI arrest early Monday morning. Jordan Bastian, who covers the Indians for MLB.com, has the full text:
“I sincerely apologize to my family, teammates, fans and the Indians organization for the attention stemming from this matter. However, I am hopeful that this incident will not be a distraction to the Indians organization while we remain focused on continuing to play winning baseball.”
“Since this is a legal matter, I look forward to it being resolved within the court system as soon as possible.”
Bastian adds via Twitter that Choo called teammates over during pregame workouts this evening and talked to them as a group. Choo is in the starting lineup for tonight’s game against the Athletics.
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.