We first reported back in November that the Giants were interested in trading for Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton. A month later, the Reds were reportedly in “serious” trade talks with San Francisco for Hamilton’s services.
If Hamilton is ultimately traded, it likely won’t be to San Francisco. Today, the Giants signed Austin Jackson to a two-year contract:
Sources: Austin Jackson to giants. 6M, 2 Years. Elevators coukd take it to 8.5M.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 23, 2018
You have to assume that the Giants intend for Jackson to play center field, especially in light of their recent trade for Andrew McCutchen, who will reportedly play right field at San Francisco’s AT&T Park.
This doesn’t mean that the Reds won’t be trading Hamilton after all, but it does take one significant suitor off the table. There have been reports, however, that the Reds have had discussions with other clubs:
Reds also engaged with other teams other than the Giants on Billy Hamilton. For a big-market team, he would be the ultimate late-inning weapon.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 12, 2017
On the other hand, there are reports that Reds owner Bob Castellini will be a hurdle to any eventual Hamilton trade.
The #Reds have listened to Billy Hamilton trade offers all winter (most notably from #SFGiants), but owner Bob Castellini would have to approve any deal. "I hope Billy Hamilton is with us forever,'' Castellini said last January. I'm told his feelings on the topic haven't changed.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) January 5, 2018