The Yankees announced on Sunday that the club traded infielder Ruben Tejada to the Orioles in exchange for cash considerations.
Tejada, 27, was with the Yankees on a minor league deal. At Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, he hit .269/.345/.462 with six home runs and 21 RBI in 148 plate appearances. Tejada hasn’t appeared in the majors since July 17 last season with the Giants.
With the Orioles, Tejada will serve as infield depth. If Tejada is added to the major league roster, he’ll be paid a prorated salary of $1.35 million.
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.