Billy Hamilton, CF, Reds
Billy Hamiton would be a defensive minded addition for the Indians before the trade deadline.
The knock on Hamiton has always been his stick. He hit .250 as a rookie but its been downhill since then. He’s batting .230 now.
Hamilton is getting on base at a .310 clip, which is the second best mark of his five-year career.
If Hamilton joins the club, he instantly becomes the No. 9 hitter, but with that said, there’s no bigger threat on the bases if he’s able to reach first. He stole at least 56 bases every season between 2014-2017. He swiped 19 bags this year.
FanGraphs rated Hamilton as the fourth best defensive outfielder in the game. He also posts +6 defensive runs saved.
The same school of thought applied to Duvall applies to Hamilton in that he’d be a nice secondary part of a package that nets the Tribe a reliever from Cincinnati’s stable of arms.
Adding Hamilton isn’t really a huge upgrade over Zimmer, except that the Reds center fielder is a little more experienced. Causing havoc on the basepaths would be a nice addition too, but as always is the case with Hamilton, the question becomes: Can he get on base?