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Brewers promote Josh Hader


Brewers’ top pitching prospect Josh Hader was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Friday, per a club announcement. Comments from general manager David Stearns indicated that the left-hander will be available out of the Brewers’ bullpen for the time being, and could debut during the team’s weekend series against the Diamondbacks. Right-hander Paolo Espino has been optioned to Triple-A to clear roster space for Hader.

Hader, 23, garnered a No. 3 ranking by prior to the 2017 season, and landed in the No. 2 spots on both Baseball Prospectus and Baseball America’s preseason rankings. His results on the mound have been less impressive, with a 5.37 ERA, 5.4 BB/9 and 8.8 SO/9 through 52 innings in Colorado Springs. He caught a bit of a break last week, shutting out Triple-A Nashville and Oklahoma City in back-to-back starts with two hits, two walks and eight strikeouts.

With or without Hader’s control issues, however, the Brewers’ relief corps could use the extra support right now. They’ve racked up the second-most innings among major league bullpens in 2017, with 223, and currently sport a collective 4.16 ERA to boot.

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.