Brian Wilson to have Tommy John surgery on Thursday

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Giants closer Brian Wilson spent the past couple of days gathering different opinions from doctors on the status of his injured right elbow and recommendations on how to go about fixing it.

Now the verdict is in, via beat writer Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News:

Wilson underwent his first Tommy John procedure in 2003, while pitching for Louisiana State University.

That one resulted in over a 12-month rehab, and this one is likely to be no different. Santiago Casilla is expected to serve as the Giants’ primary closer for the remainder of the 2012 campaign.

Wilson will likely miss the start of the 2013 season and is scheduled to hit the free agent market heading into 2014, so all this comes with brutal timing. But he’s said to be maintaining an optimistic outlook.

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.