CINCINNATI – The Reds will part with one of their stars before Friday without a tender period while eligible midfielders Billy Hamilton will not be offered a contract for 2019 said sources MLB.com. As a result, Hamilton becomes a free agent.
Hamilton made $ 4.6 million in 2018 after signing a one-year contract to avoid last season's arbitration. He would have been eligible for a free replacement after the 19 season.
CINCINNATI – The Reds will divorce with one of their stars before the […] Billy Hamilton will not sign a contract for 2019 offered, sources told MLB.com. As a result, Hamilton becomes a free agent.becomes eligible Center Fielder
Hamilton made $ 4.6 million in 2018 after signing a one-year contract to avoid last season's arbitration. After the season 19 he could have qualified for a free agency.
A source told MLB.com that the Reds sold Hamilton to other clubs for other business and failed to find buyers – even for a minimal return.  • Hot Herd Tracker
The club has not made a formal announcement. Cincinnati has five other players who are capable of scoring in Scooter Gennett (third year), take-off pitcher Anthony DeSclafani (second year), Reliever Michael Lorenzen (second year) , Backup Catcher Curt Casali (first year) and Shortstop Jose Peraza (first year).
28-year-old Hamilton has long been known for sensational defenses and speed. but he has always withdrawn against the offense. In 2018, he hit .236 / .299 / .327 with four homers, 29 RBIs and 74 runs in 153 games. After taking at least 56 stolen bases in each of the previous four seasons, Hamilton stole 18 & 18; only 34. According to the Baseball Reference, he had an offensive of 0.0 and a defensive KR of 0.7. Hamilton, a former top candidate, hit the ninth part of the season.
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An electrical addition when called by Triple-A Louisville in 2013, Hamilton was a game changer the bases and the outfield. He was able to do things that many could not, including tagging and rating on a second-level popup. In midfield, there were many high-profile dives and jumping catches that made Hamilton a five-time finalist in the National League Gold Glove Award.
However, Hamilton's all-out style cost him time on the court, as he was frequently injured, with several trips to the disabled list during his career. And finally, his speed could not be used if he could not reach the base.
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In 690 major league career games, Hamilton has stolen .245 / .298 / .333 with 277. He finished second behind Mets Pitcher Jacob deGrom for the NL Rookie of the Year award in 2014, when he snapped 56 bases.
According to MLB Trade Rumors, Hamilton is expected to receive $ 5.9 million in arbitration out of season. However, sources told MLB.com that the club believed it could receive more.
Now the Reds may need to add a midfielder to their offseason checklist. If one is not acquired, Nick Senzel would be a candidate to replace Hamilton. Senzel is listed by MLB Pipeline as the # 1 organization of the organization ( No. 6 in total ).
The Reds would be willing to bring Hamilton as a free agent to a source, but they will definitely explore all other options.
Mark Sheldon has handled the Reds for MLB.com since 2006 and previously the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.