The Yankees’ west coast road trip was an unmitigated disaster. They went 1-6 against the Angels and A’s and their lead in the AL East. They also lost starter CC Sabathia with a strained hamstring.
How long? A long time, reports Christian Red of the Daily News. Brian Cashman told him that he expects Sabathia to be out at least six weeks.
Sabathia had been surprisingly effective this season, helping pick up the slack for the inexplicably ineffective Masahiro Tanaka. Before his injury, the big guy had won his previous five starts. On the year he’s 7-2 with a 3.46 ERA in 13 starts.
Now he’s on the shelf until at least the first half of August.
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.