Cincinnati is weighing trade offers on several of its veteran players and outfielder Billy Hamilton is among them, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney.
Hamilton, 26, had a productive 2016 season, batting .260/.321/.343 with three home runs and 17 RBIs. It was his most successful campaign since his rookie year, when he batted .368 over 13 games with the Reds.
In addition to being productive, Hamilton has proven to be a solid defensive outfield option. He ranks seventh among outfielders in defensive runs saved, according to Olney, and stole 36 bases.
Olney notes Hamilton could be an ideal fit for a larger market team and could serve in more of a utility role. Hamilton might also be valuable as a pinch hitter or runner late in games.
Hamilton is still under club control for at least three seasons, and as a result, the Reds will likely have a high asking price in potential deals. It’s unclear whether the club is seriously interested in moving Hamilton, but they seem to at least be considering it.