Before today, Indians ace Corey Kluber had not pitched since May 2 due to back pain. He was activated today, however, and faced the Oakland A’s. He looked just fine, thanks.
Kluber struck out 10 over six innings, walked one and allowed only two hits in the Indians’ 8-0 shutout. Kluber needed just 77 pitches to get through those six, and if he hadn’t just been coming off the DL he certainly would’ve gone longer in the game.
Despite a mediocre month of May, the Indians are a half game up on the idle Twins in first place in the AL Central. Now that their Klubot is fully operational, the preseason favorites will look to create some space between them and their pursuers in the month of June.
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.