Billy Hamilton Generating Trade Interest, Mets Liked Him in Past

The Cincinnati Reds have gotten significant trade interest in center fielder Billy Hamilton according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

In discussing which teams could need a center fielder, Rosenthal mentioned that the Mets have liked the speedy outfielder in the past.

Hamilton, 27, hit only .247/.299/.335 with 17 doubles, 11 triples, four home runs and scored 85 runs for the Reds in 2017. The switch-hitter also swiped a carrer-high 59 bases and was caught 13 times. He also set a career-high with 133 strikeouts in 139 games.

Even Hamilton’s defensive valued slipped a little with 9 DRS in 2017, down from 15 DRS in in 2016. His fWAR was 1.2, the low point in his four full seasons in the majors.

Hamilton is projected to earn $5 million throuh arbitration this offseason according to MLB Trade Rumors and is under team control for two seasons.

The Mets already have a defensive minded center fielder on the roster in Juan Lagares whose slash line of .257/.297/.366 looks a lot like the .248/.298/.334 line for Hamilton in his career.

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