Report: Giants have shown interest in Reds' Hamilton
The San Francisco Giants may have a need for speed in the outfield.
It's not clear if the Reds and Giants have engaged in trade talks, or what a suitable return might be from Cincinnati's perspective.
San Francisco's apparent interest in Hamilton stems from a desire to improve its outfield defense, per Morosi. Acquiring the 27-year-old would certainly do that, as Hamilton's proven himself to be an elite defensive outfielder whose speed would come in handy if he were asked to patrol AT&T Park's spacious center field.
Hamilton earned his second consecutive Gold Glove nomination in 2017 after recording nine defensive runs saved and a UZR of 7.6 that ranked fourth among all qualified center fielders, but once again lost out on the award to Atlanta's Ender Inciarte.
Offensively, Hamilton struggled in 2017. He posted a .247/.299/.335 slash line with four homers, 38 RBIs, and a 66 wRC+ while walking just 44 times to 133 strikeouts. But his speed - by some metrics Hamilton's considered the fastest man in baseball - continued to impress, as he stole a career-high 59 bases to finish one off Dee Gordon's league-leading mark of 60. Hamilton was caught stealing only 13 times, a success rate of nearly 82 percent.
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