After four years of using Eric Young Jr. as a key role player the Rockies designated the 28-year-old for assignment.
Young is extremely fast, switch-hits, and has lots of defensive versatility, but he’s hit just .261 with a .671 OPS in 313 career games and is a .211 career hitter away from Coors Field.
There’s seemingly a decent chance the Rockies can find a taker for Young via trade and if not he’s probably a pretty good bet to get claimed off waivers, if only because the ability to play second base and all three outfield spots while running really fast makes for a solid enough bench option.
Young’s dad, longtime big leaguer Eric Young Sr., works for the Astros as a television analyst and Houston would have one of the first cracks at him on the waiver wire …
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.