The Reds are seeing enough interest in center fielder Billy Hamilton that it's possible he could be traded before the end of this week's Winter Meetings, the Cincinnati Enquirer's Zach Buchanan reported Tuesday afternoon.
The Reds have been conducting trade talks for Hamilton since last week, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, who felt the Mets, Giants, Rangers, and Mariners would be interested in him.
"The Reds don't have to move him, though," Rosenthal added. "They can see what happens in the first half and them move him at the deadline when he'll still be available for two pennant races."
In either case, be it this winter or next summer, Rosenthal believes the Reds will move Hamilton the as soon as they are presented with an acceptable deal.
Hamilton, 27, is eligible for arbitration next season and expected to earn roughly $5 million. He is not eligible to be a free agent until the following season.
His offensive numbers are not that impressive. However, his value is set in his fielding and speed around the base paths. He's not just fast, though, he's also smart. He gets good jumps, is aggressive but intelligent, and goes from second-to-home as well as anyone I've ever seen in person.
According to MLB's StatCast, Hamilton is the second-fastest sprinter in the game behind Byron Buxton. He has swiped at least 56 bases in four different seasons and is notorious for disrupting opposing pitchers with his antics around the infield. Similarly, FanGraphs and Baseball Reference both rate him among the top defensive center fielders in the game >> Read more.
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