Dustin Pedroia expects to undergo thumb surgery

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After playing through a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb for nearly the entire season, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia expects to have surgery to address the injury “probably in the next couple of weeks.” He made the announcement during an appearance on WEEI’s “Salk & Holley” show yesterday.

Pedroia suffered the injury diving into first base on Opening Day, but ended up playing in 160 regular season games and 16 playoff games. While he finished with nine home runs — his lowest power output since his rookie season in 2007 — he still posted an outstanding .301/.372/.415 batting line.

Pedroia will undergo an MRI before surgery is finalized. He should have plenty of time to heal before the Red Sox attempt to defend their crown in 2014.

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.