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Report: MLB to investigate Addison Russell after allegations of domestic violence

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The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Major League Baseball plans to investigate Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell after allegations of domestic violence were made against him on social media Wednesday evening.

This all began when Russell’s wife posted an Instagram photo, the caption in which she said that Russell cheated on her. That post has since been deleted, but it was widely circulated while it was still up. Later, in a comment on the post, a friend of Russell’s wife alleged Russell had been physically abusive toward his wife:

The Sun-Times reports that MLB is investigating based on these posts and is expected to try to interview both Russell’s wife and the friend.

All of this comes a few days after Derek Norris’ ex-fiancee made allegations of domestic violence against Norris, launching a similar investigation.

Updates, as usual, as warranted.

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.