Hanley Ramirez undergoes season-ending shoulder surgery

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As expected, Hanley Ramirez underwent season-ending surgery Thursday on his right shoulder.

The operation, performed by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Florida, was termed an “open repair” and deemed an initial success. According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, Ramirez is expected to be fully recovered by the start of the 2012 season.

Hanley wound up posting an underwhelming .243/.333/.379 batting line with 10 homers, 45 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 385 plate appearances this year for the Marlins, who currently sit 30 games back in the National League East standings. He was not named an All-Star for the first time since ’07.

The 27-year-old “face of the franchise” will have much to prove in 2012, when the Marlins move into their new ballpark. If the Fish hope to compete in the stadium’s inaugural year, Ramirez will have to be far better.

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.