Indians finalize Billy Hamilton’s minor league contract | Sports activities
CLEVELAND (AP) – Billy Hamilton has joined the crowded Indian outfield competition.
The free agent signed his contract with Cleveland on Monday, giving Hamilton the chance to win a roster spot during training camp in Arizona. Hamilton agreed to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training in the big league last week, and the contract was signed after completing medical tests.
Hamilton, who spent last season with the Cubs and Mets, is giving the Indians another option as they try to fix an outfield that hasn’t produced much in recent seasons. 30-year-old Hamilton has 305 career steals in eight seasons at Cincinnati, Kansas City, Atlanta, Chicago and New York.
Hamilton had his prime with the Reds from 2013-18. He stole at least 56 bases within four years.
The Indians signed free agent Eddie Rosario this month for a one-year contract worth $ 8 million. He plans to get one of her three starting jobs in the outfield. The other two seem to be winning along with a backup spot.
Hamilton is a career .241 batsman with 101 doubles, 36 triples, 22 home runs and 178 RBIs.
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