Jason Isringhausen is currently unavailable for at least the next several days because of a herniated disk in his back, but the 38-year-old reliever told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that he plans to pitch in 2012.
Isringhausen managed only a minor-league contract offer from the Mets after missing all of 2010 following Tommy John elbow surgery, but has avoided arm problems all season while throwing 47 innings with a 4.05 ERA and 44/24 K/BB ratio.
His raw stuff is diminished from his peak as closer for the A’s and Cardinals, but Isringhausen’s fastball has averaged 90.6 miles per hour and he’s held opponents to a .206 batting average.
He’s even saved seven games for the Mets to reach 300 saves for his career. He’ll be a free agent after the season and it’s unlikely that any teams–the Mets included–will view him as a closer option, but Isringhausen should be able to secure a one-year deal for a setup gig.
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.