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Report: Cincinnati Reds moving on from Billy Hamilton

Club non-tenders outfielder, who becomes free agent

Billy Hamilton’s tenure in Cincinnati appears to be over.

The Reds did not tender a contract to the speedy center fielder, making him a free agent, according to MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon.

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The Reds explored trading Hamilton but found no suitors, Sheldon reports.

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Hamilton, 28, struggled last season, hitting .236 with 34 stolen bases and a .299 on-base percentage. In five-plus seasons with the Reds, the defensive stalwart hit .245 with 277 stolen bases and a .298 on-base percentage.

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In 2014, Hamilton was the runner-up to Mets pitcher Jacob DeGrom in National League Rookie of the Year voting.

Players on the 40-man roster with fewer than six years of Major League service time must be offered contracts by a set deadline — typically early December — or are released to free agency.

The Reds Billy Hamilton tries to hold onto his helmet as he runs to third base against the Cardinals on Thursday, April 12, 2018, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff (News Staff)

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