Remember that ugly bit of ugliness involving Jon Rauch over the weekend? In which his manager, John Farrell, had to come out and hold him back from killing home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez, ripping Rauch’s jersey off in the process? Yeah, well, Farrell got the worst of it:
When asked Monday how he didn’t pull a muscle or end up on the DL in his attempts to restrain Rauch, Farrell said that almost happened. Farrell said that Rauch’s elbow hit him square in his left jaw joint and he had to have his jaw re-set following the game.
See the elbow shot in this GIF of the incident here. The presumably big fine leveled against Rauch by the Blue Jays kangaroo court will not be televised.
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.