Seems like Bruce Bochy voicing his displeasure over Pablo Sandoval’s weight is an annual occurrence:
“It’s an ongoing issue, obviously, something that he’s been battling,” Bochy said. “He showed last year that he’s a different player when his weight is down.”
Asked if Sandoval’s current weight is acceptable, Bochy said, “We’re maintaining it. We’re happy with that. I won’t lie to you, I’d like to get him down a little bit. It’s hard in September to have that in your focus. He needs to get back with the program he had two years ago.”
It’s to the point now where it’s almost worse that Sandoval came into 2011 in great shape. Because now we all know he can take care of himself and get his body ready for a peak physical exertion, he just chooses not to.
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.