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Monday, December 10, 2018

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL HOT STOVE SIGNINGS: BILLY HAMILTON HEADED TO THE ROYALS

The first signing of the 2018 MLB Winter Meetings in Las Vegas will likely become official by the time you read this and it centers on the rebuilding Kansas City Royals bringing in outfielder Billy Hamilton on a likely short-term deal.  After being non-tendered by the Cincinnati Reds earlier this winter in coming off a rough season at the dish (.236, 4 homers, 74 runs), the Royals snatch him up to fill an outfield spot on a team expected to be one of the worst in the majors in 2019.  Now in terms of Hamilton the player, he obviously is known for his massive stolen base potential and the 34 thefts he had a year ago snapped a string of FOUR straight years of going for over 50 in that category.  Unfortunately, Hamilton has pretty much proven himself to be a one-trick pony as he has hit .250 or worse in four of his last five full seasons and he is an almost complete zero in home runs and RBI.  So in essence what we have is a two-category guy (runs, steals) whose ugly averages and non-contributions in the power categories remove some shine from the all the stolen bases.  That means Hamilton remains just a low-end OF 3 based almost solely on his ability to pick up a high number of steals but in actuality you can snag someone off waivers who may be able to do contribute a similar haul of numbers. 


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