More unfortunate injury news for the Blue Jays.
From beat writer Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com comes word that Toronto catcher J.P. Arencibia suffered a fractured right hand during Wednesday night’s game against the visiting Athletics and will be out of commission for approximately six weeks.
The 26-year-old took a foul tip off the top of his hand in the top of the second inning and was replaced behind the dish by backup catcher Jeff Mathis. It didn’t take long for X-rays to reveal the break.
Arencibia did not make a plate appearance on Wednesday. He’s batting .242 with a .745 OPS, 16 home runs and 50 RBI through 81 games this season. Mathis will presumably become the Jays’ primary backstop.
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.