It’s no secret that Aaron Judge knows how to crush a home run. These days, he not only leads the league with 18 homers, but has been putting on a clinic during every batting practice session, too. Take this 510-foot blast from Thursday’s BP, for instance, or the opposite-field shot that landed in the second deck of Rogers Centre on Friday.
Prior to Sunday’s series finale against the Blue Jays, Judge did it again. He hammered not one, but two home runs off of the Rogers Centre hotel during batting practice, in what appears to be an unprecedented event for any visiting slugger.
One thing’s for sure: This guy is going to be fun to watch when the Home Run Derby comes around.
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.