After getting released from the Reds earlier this month, Billy Hamilton will sign the first deal of the Winter Meetings with the Kansas City Royals. The specifics of the deal will be one-year for $5.25 million with a possibility of $1 million in incentives, as first reported by Ken Rosenthal.
Hamilton will be fighting for playing time in a crowded outfield. His defense is well known to be some of the best in the league. While he has not won a Golden Glove yet for his work in centerfield he has consistently performed at the top at the position since transitioning from being a shortstop.
Hamilton’s biggest problem has always been at the plate. He has not been able to hit for a high average or get on base. With a change of scenery, the hope will be that he can change that.
As for the Royals, they are stacking up on outfielders. This is possibly because they aren’t comfortable with the players and prospects they have had. With Alex Gordon still being an above-average defender that leaves question marks about Brett Phillips, Jorge Bonifacio and Jorge Soler. It is also worth noting that recently acquired utility man Chris Owings can play in the outfield as well.
With another rebuilding year ahead, the Royals’ outfield will be interesting to watch.
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