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Mets place Asdrubal Cabrera back on the disabled list

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The Mets announced on Tuesday that shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained left thumb. Utilityman T.J. Rivera has been recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Cabrera, 31, spent about two weeks on the disabled list last month with a thumb injury and apparently it’s still bothering him. He managed to swat a pair of solo home runs during Monday’s win against the Cubs, however. He returns to the DL batting .244/.321/.392 with six homers and 20 RBI in 196 plate appearances.

Jose Reyes will shift over to shortstop while Cabrera is out. The Mets again declined to promote prospect Amed Rosario.

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.