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The A’s will designate Trevor Plouffe for assignment

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the A’s will designate third baseman Trevor Plouffe for assignment.

Plouffe signed a one-year, $5.25 million contract with the A’s in January but it’s been a bust for Oakland as he’s batted just .214/.276/.357 in 58 games. While Plouffe is not exactly a masher, that’s still a pretty steep falloff from his career line of .245/.306/.416.

Slusser says the A’s are calling up third base prospect Matt Chapman, who will get a long look at third base for the last place A’s.

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.