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Twins bring in notable outfielder after Byron Buxton injury

Byron Buxton looking on

Jul 27, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton (25) reacts after being caught in a double play against the Chicago White Sox to end the eighth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. The Chicago White Sox won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Twins are moving to Plan B (or perhaps Plan C, D, or E) after the injury to Byron Buxton.

Dan Hayes of The Athletic reported on Thursday that the Twins have signed veteran outfielder Billy Hamilton to a minor-league deal. The 31-year-old Hamilton will be working out in Fort Myers for the Twins’ FCL (Florida Complex League) team over the next few days, Hayes adds.

The Twins need help in center field right now with their All-Star slugger Buxton landing on the injured list due to a hip issue. Their other current options at the position (second-year Gilberto Celestino and veteran Jake Cave, who is hitting just .154 this season) are not especially exciting.

Hamilton is known as a speed demon on the basepaths (swiping 264 total bags from 2014 to 2018) as well as a top-shelf defender with his limitless range. True, he is a career .239 hitter who hit a horrifying .077 with the Miami Marlins this year and should probably never see the batter’s box again. But as a pinch-runner and late-game defensive replacement, Minnesota can do far worse than the highlight machine Hamilton.

Video: Billy Hamilton made a ridiculous diving catch to end game

Billy Hamilton catch

Billy Hamilton made a ridiculous catch to end his Chicago White Sox’s 4-1 win over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.

Hamilton entered the game at Target Field as a defensive replacement in the eighth. He struck out in the top of the ninth, but made this great catch in muddy conditions for the final out in the bottom of the inning. Take a look at this great grab:

Closer Liam Hendriks, who pitched two innings for the save, loved it.

Hamilton is one of the faster players in the league and known for his great catches. He’s still doing it in his first season with the White Sox.

Royals reportedly nearing deal with Billy Hamilton

Billy Hamilton catch

Billy Hamilton is on the verge of landing with a new team.

According to Jim Bowden of The Athletic, Hamilton is nearing a deal with the Kansas City Royals, pending a physical and a handful of minor details.

With the Royals deep in rebuilding mode, Hamilton will probably see plenty of action in Kansas City. He landed on his feet quickly after being non-tendered by Cincinnati, which is no surprise. He’s as valuable a baserunner as a team could have, even if he’s not known as a good hitter, and he excels in center field as well. If the Royals are sticking to their defense and small ball template, Hamilton is a perfect fit.

Reds will reportedly non-tender Billy Hamilton

Billy Hamilton catch

The Cincinnati Reds are moving on from one of their most well-known players.

According to C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic, the Reds have decided not to tender a contract to outfielder Billy Hamilton, who will become a free agent.

There were hints that the Reds were ready to move on from Hamilton last season, when he was made available in trade talks. While nothing came of it, it was a pretty clear hint that his days in Cincinnati were numbered. He may be the fastest man in baseball and plays a good center field, but he simply didn’t hit enough for the Reds’ liking, posting a .234 average with a .299 on-base percentage in 2018.

Watch: Billy Hamilton robs home run with awesome catch

Billy Hamilton catch

Billy Hamilton made yet another gem in the field, and he saved a run in the process.

Hamilton robbed Matt Carpenter of a home run for the last out in the bottom of the seventh inning of Friday’s game between the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals. He went back to the track for a fly ball and perfectly timed his jump as he climbed and maneuvered his way up the wall for the grab.

The catch helped keep the score at 8-1, which was the final for Cincinnati. Hamilton also went 1-for-5 at the plate.

Hamilton is known for his blazing speed, which has helped him make some stellar catches in the field. Here are two of our other favorite catches he’s made.

Billy Hamilton trade talks between Giants and Reds ongoing

Billy Hamilton catch

The Giants and Reds are reportedly continuing to discuss a trade centered around speedy outfielder Billy Hamilton.

Last month, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reported the Giants had interest in acquiring Hamilton to bolster their outfield. It appears that is still the case as Morosi followed up on his initial report by saying discussions between the two teams are still ongoing.

Hamilton’s biggest asset is his speed, which has allowed him to make highlight reel catches in the outfield. It has also helped him steal 50+ bases in each of the past four seasons.

Giants reportedly interested in Billy Hamilton

Billy Hamilton catch

The San Francisco Giants are looking to improve their outfield this offseason, and Billy Hamilton is one of their targets.

MLB Network’s Jon Morosi says Hamilton is a player the Giants are interested in, along with Jackie Bradley Jr.

Hamilton is under team control with the Cincinnati Reds for another two seasons before hitting free agency. Though he’s stolen 50-plus bases in each of his full seasons in the league, getting on base has proven to be the tough part for Hamilton. The speedster’s career batting average is under .250 and his career OBP is below .300.

The Giants have also been in the mix for Giancarlo Stanton, who would be the real prize of the offseason.

Billy Hamilton makes ridiculous leaping catch against wall (Video)

Billy Hamilton added to his career highlight reel by making a ridiculous catch as he crashed into the outfield wall.

In the top of the third inning, Carlos Asuaje hit a shot to center field that looked destined to result in extra bases for the Padres second baseman. Hamilton had other ideas, though. Hamilton tracked the ball as he raced towards the outfield wall and actually overran it a bit, meaning he had to adjust in midair to make the catch. Take a look below.

There are certainly advantages to having world class speed, which Hamilton absolutely has. However, it can also put you in situations where you have to think just as fast. Hamilton did both on this play and the end product was an amazing catch.

Billy Hamilton wants to race John Ross

Billy Hamilton catch

Cincinnati is home to two of the fastest men in America. Wouldn’t it be fun to see them face off to see who truly is the fastest?

During this year’s NFL Combine, John Ross set a new record for the event by running the 40-yard dash in a blistering 4.22 seconds. If you didn’t see it (or want to again) you can here, just don’t blink.

During last week’s NFL Draft, the speedy wide receiver was selected No. 9 overall by the Bengals, meaning he will be play his home games a short distance from where Billy Hamilton does. Hamilton has put his impressive speed to use to steal 171 bases for the Reds over the past three seasons and went into Thursday’s game against the Pirates leading Major League Baseball with 15 so far this season.

After the game, Hamilton thought it would be a cool idea to race Ross for charity and that it would be a fun event for the city.

“I know he’s really, really fast,” Hamilton said, via USA Today. “It is something I look forward to. I’m a competitor. I’m willing to do it for a charity event. I haven’t done a 40 since ninth grade, a 4.5 flat.”

“I’d do a 40. There’s no way I could do 100. This is the wrong season to do 100,” he continued. “I think a 40 would be a fun race for the city. It is something to look into. Run it by our agents and see how it goes.”

I’m with Hamilton. I think it would be a fun event too. And, it would help raise money for a worthy cause. Here’s to hoping the race actually happens.

Report: Reds open to dealing Billy Hamilton

Billy Hamilton catch

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.