The San Francisco Giants, a team with an obvious hole in center field, are engaged in serious discussions to acquire speedster Billy Hamilton from the Cincinnati Reds, a source confirmed to The Enquirer. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first reported the level of the Giants' interest, although the two parties have been connected throughout the offseason.

The source said that talks are advanced enough that something could be completed before the Winter Meetings end Thursday at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. However, the source said that's no guarantee a deal is ultimately struck.

The Giants are not alone in their interest in Hamilton, who has yet to establish himself as a hitter but is a difference-maker in the field and on the bases. The Texas Rangers are also a suitor, among other teams, the source said.

"There are several teams that have a high level of interest in Billy," the source said.

However, in his daily meeting with the media, Reds general manager Dick Williams downplayed the seriousness of the discussions.