Report: Reds open to dealing Billy Hamilton
Tickets to see Hamilton are probably already off the market. But the same apparently can’t be said of Cincinnati Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton.
According to a report by Buster Olney of ESPN on Tuesday, the Reds are open to offers for all of their players, including Hamilton.
The speedy 26-year-old batted .260/.321/.343 with three home runs, 17 RBIs, and 58 stolen bases in 2016, while also affirming himself as one of the top defensive outfielders in the game (as you can see from plays like this). Hamilton is entering his first year of arbitration eligibility in 2017 and is under team control through 2020.
While the Reds, who were the cellar-dwellers of the NL Central last season with a pitiful record of 68-94, recently suggested a desire to retain one core piece, a valuable young asset on an agreeable deal like Hamilton could be an entirely different story.