Astros placed their ace, Dallas Keuchel, on the 10-day disabled list with a neck injury.
Keuchel was scratched from his scheduled start last night due to an illness. It’s not clear if this is at all related to the neck discomfort, but he did have some issues with his neck last month as well. Either way, Keuchel is headed back to Houston for an evaluation by team doctors.
Keuchel is 9-0 with a 1.67 ERA on the season. The Astros, who have the best record in baseball, enjoy a 12-game lead over their nearest pursuers in the AL West. They can afford to be without Keuchel for a bit.
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.