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Reds trade rumors: Rangers interested in Billy Hamilton

Texas is looking at Hamilton as a potential replacement for Ian Desmond.

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The Rangers are looking at Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton as an option to fill their outfield void, according to a report from Buster Olney of Cincinnati is known to be willing to listen to offers on Hamilton.

Texas is known to be looking for a center fielder to replace Ian Desmond, though the club has held talks about bringing Desmond back in recent weeks. At last check, Texas was reportedly pessimistic about the chances of a reunion with Desmond, leading them to explore other options.

Hamilton, 26, is controllable through the 2019 season and would be of interest to multiple teams looking for a long-term center fielder. He is one of a few players available at the position, along with free agent Dexter Fowler and Royals trade candidate Lorenzo Cain.

Hamilton hit .260/.321/.343 with 58 steals for the Reds in 2016, his fourth major-league season. Cincinnati’s pitching staff was historically weak last year, so they will likely look for young arms in any deal involving their speedster.