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.
The Reds explored trading Hamilton but found no suitors, Sheldon reports.
Breaking news: According to a source, #reds will non-tender CF Billy Hamilton.— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) November 30, 2018
Hamilton will become a free agent. According to a source, #reds explored trading him and found no interested teams.— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) November 30, 2018
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.
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