Texas Rangers: 5 Insane Trades The Team Could Make This Season
By Andrew Webb
Speedster Billy Hamilton could be a perfect addition to the Texas Rangers. Hamilton is a speedy outfield bat that the Rangers could use in the leadoff spot. Hamilton has three 50 plus stolen base seasons and would be ideal in the Rangers lineup.
In 2016 Hamilton hit .260/.321/.343 with 3 home runs and 17 RBI with 58 stolen bases in 119 games with the Cincinnati Reds. Hamilton does not have much power or good plate discipline. Although Hamilton does not need either of those to be successful at the Major League level.
As long as Hamilton can put the ball in play he has the speed to outrun routine ground balls. Hamilton’s speed makes them a great outfielder and he can cover basically the whole field by himself. If acquired he would play center field.
Meaning Carlos Gomez would have to shift to one of the corner outfield spots. Shin-Soo Choo would become full-time DH. That would give the Rangers one of the fastest outfield combos in the MLB.
Hamilton is only 26-years-old and has played four years in the MLB. He is not eligible for free agency until 2020. This deal could not only help the Rangers in 2017, but would help in the future as well.
The Reds are rebuilding their organization and Hamilton has been involved in trade talks. The Rangers would likely have to give up young prospects to get Hamilton. Even if the Rangers must give up a young prospect or two, Hamilton could be a huge addition to their roster.