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Mike Trout opts for surgery, will miss 6-8 weeks

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As reported yesterday, Mike Trout tore a thumb ligament while sliding into second base on Sunday. Last night he decided what course of action to take: thumb surgery.

As the Angels noted in their release last night, the typical rehab time for the surgery Trout will undergo is 6-8 weeks. While that obviously sinks the Angels even more than they’re already sunk, Trout is wise to get the surgery over with rather than try some treatment or rehab that is not as likely to be successful.

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.