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 ESPN.com. 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.