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Royals Rumblings - News for December 14, 2018

Royals Rumblings - News for December 14, 2018

The Winter Meetings have come and gone Thank you, Winter Meetings! SO MUCH CONTENT! Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com sums up the Royals at the Winter Meetings: After signing utility man Chris Owings last week, the Royals moved quickly at the Winter Meetings and signed speedy outfielder Billy Hamilton to be their center fielder. The Royals also added two right-handers Sam McWilliams and Chris Ellis in the Rule 5 Draft, hoping one or both could be the next Brad Keller, who was taken last year in the Rule 5 Draft and emerged as a top-of-the-rotation guy. Sam McDowell of the Kansas City Star wrote...
Royals Review Dec 13, 2018
The Royals are getting back to their roots

The Royals are getting back to their roots

The Royals ventured away from their 2014-2015 playoff formula for a bit, but they appear to be back in full force. The Royals have signed speedster Billy Hamilton, which has caused some disagreement among fans over whether or not this is a good signing. I, for one, am a huge supporter of this Billy Hamilton signing. If the Royals got Billy Hamilton on a 1-year deal for only $5M, there is NO WAY to dislike this for KC. Best case: trade him in July for prospect(s) with upside. Worst case: literally nothing. https://t.co/u7AQMVjzTP— Alex Duvall (@duvy_013) December 10, 2018 This is my...
KC Kingdom Dec 13, 2018

Kansas City Royals: Signing Billy Hamilton is unnecessary

The Kansas City Royals’ decision to sign the speedy Billy Hamilton, who can play defense but can’t hit, shows a continued lack of direction within the organization. When the Kansas City Royals traded long time third baseman Mike Moustakas this past season, a big part of the return was outfielder Brett Phillips. Speedy, good defense […] Kansas City Royals: Signing Billy Hamilton is unnecessary - KC Kingdom - KC Kingdom - Royals, Chiefs, Jayhawks, Kansas State, Mizzou & More
Royals Review Dec 13, 2018
Royals Rumblings - News for December 13, 2018

Royals Rumblings - News for December 13, 2018

Jeffrey Flanagan reports that Ned Yost is reticent to talk about where Billy Hamilton is going to slot in the lineup: Yost, though, then settled down to discuss potential speed throughout his batting order. ’I like the fact -- when I sit back and look at it, [Chris Owings] has speed, he’s going to be able to do things,” Yost said. “Hunter Dozier has a really deceiving type of speed. I think Hunter will be able to steal 15 to 20 bases. And so we’re going to have a lot of athleticism, a lot of speed. ”But in terms of looking at the lineup, you’ve got Whit, who is a huge on-base...
KC Kingdom Dec 12, 2018

Kansas City Royals will set base paths ablaze in 2019

With the signing of Billy Hamilton this week, the Kansas City Royals will have three of the best stealers in the Majors in their starting lineup. The Kansas City Royals now have three players on their roster who can steal 40 or more bases next year. For a team with little to no power, this […] Kansas City Royals will set base paths ablaze in 2019 - KC Kingdom - KC Kingdom - Royals, Chiefs, Jayhawks, Kansas State, Mizzou & More
Royals Review Dec 12, 2018
Royals Rumblings - News for December 12, 2018

Royals Rumblings - News for December 12, 2018

This isn’t necessarily Ned’s swan song. Royals Rumblings - News for December 12, 2018 Dayton Moore says Billy Hamilton will start in center and bring his elite defense to help the team. The other concern with Hamilton has been his low on-base percentage, which was .299 over the last two seasons. But Moore said Hamilton’s ability to cover the spacious Kauffman Stadium outfield trumped that concern. ”Elite defense overcame that,” Moore said. “We’re aware of all the offensive stuff, but it’s all in context of the team. If we can play elite defense and have an elite base...
Cincinnati.com Dec 11, 2018
Billy Hamilton thanks Reds, Cincinnati fans as Kansas City Royals announce signing

Billy Hamilton thanks Reds, Cincinnati fans as Kansas City Royals announce signing

Billy Hamilton expressed his gratitude to the Reds and their fans, and they thanked him back.         
KC Kingdom Dec 11, 2018

Kansas City Royals: Billy Hamilton could block Brett Phillips in 2019

No one thought the Kansas City Royals would be making many moves this offseason, but they’ve brought in outfielder Billy Hamilton on a one-year deal. This could end up preventing Brett Phillips from developing in 2019. It’s not an exciting move, but the Kansas City Royals did add a player this week. They’ve signed outfielder […] Kansas City Royals: Billy Hamilton could block Brett Phillips in 2019 - KC Kingdom - KC Kingdom - Royals, Chiefs, Jayhawks, Kansas State, Mizzou & More
Royals Review Dec 11, 2018
Billy Hamilton is great fun, but doesn’t fit with the 2019 Royals

Billy Hamilton is great fun, but doesn’t fit with the 2019 Royals

This would have been a great signing two years ago Billy Hamilton is an explosively exciting player. Despite an anemic bat that isn’t going to get any better, he is one of Major League Baseball’s best baserunners and outfield defenders. It is for that reason that the Kansas City Royals—huge proponents of the ‘speed and defense’ method of team construction, a method which won them a championship—signed Hamilton to a one-year, $5.25 million deal yesterday. It’s easy to see why the Royals, one of the huge proponents of ‘speed and defense’ team construction, would be...
Over the Monster Dec 11, 2018
MLB Roundup 12/11: Billy Hamilton signs with the Royals

MLB Roundup 12/11: Billy Hamilton signs with the Royals

A couple of small moves and one big rumor. Billy Hamilton signs with the Royals The first day of the Winter Meetings didn’t involve all that much player movement, with most of Monday seeing some rumors swirling but not a whole lot of action. That doesn’t mean there was no player movement, though. The biggest name to find a new team was Billy Hamilton, who agreed to a one-year deal with the Royals. Now, Hamilton’s name value may outweigh his overall value at this point, and he was just recently non-tendered by the Reds. That being said, he does two things extremely well and one thing...
Call to the Pen Dec 10, 2018

Kansas City Royals do the inevitable and reportedly sign Billy Hamilton

Was there ever a doubt that the Kansas City Royals would sign Billy Hamilton? That inevitability has reportedly happened. If ever there was a player that encapsulated what the Kansas City Royals style of baseball over the past few years has been, it would be Billy Hamilton. When he was non tendered by the Cincinnati […] Kansas City Royals do the inevitable and reportedly sign Billy Hamilton - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Red Reporter Dec 10, 2018
Billy Hamilton nearing deal with Kansas City Royals

Billy Hamilton nearing deal with Kansas City Royals

The former Cincinnati Reds CF is about to head to the AL. The Billy Hamilton era in Cincinnati initially ended when the speedy CF was non-tendered at the end of November, but there was at least some speculation that the Reds would be willing to bring Hamilton back at a reduced rate under the right circumstances. That, though, also appears to now be bunk, as Hamilton is reportedly on the cusp of agreeing to a contract with the Kansas City Royals, as Fancred’s Jon Heyman relayed earlier on Monday. KC, Billy Hamilton have agreed on base pay and are finalizing deal with performance...
Cincinnati.com Dec 10, 2018
Reports: Former Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton nears deal with Kansas City Royals

Reports: Former Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton nears deal with Kansas City Royals

Billy Hamilton is a five-time finalist for a Rawlings Gold Glove.         
Royals Review Dec 10, 2018
Royals “close to agreement” with outfielder Billy Hamilton

Royals “close to agreement” with outfielder Billy Hamilton

That’s what speed do? The Royals are “close to agreement” with free agent centerfielder Billy Hamilton, according to Jim Bowden of The Athletic. The 28-year old switch-hitter was non-tendered by the Reds last week after hitting .236/.299/.327 with 34 steals in 153 games. In just over five seasons with the Reds, Hamilton hit .245/.298/.333. #Royals close to agreement with OF Billy Hamilton just working through bonuses and pending physical— Jim Bowden (@JimBowdenGM) December 10, 2018 Hamilton has made his living through his legs, being the fastest basestealer in baseball over the...
Lone Star Ball Dec 10, 2018
Billy Hamilton to Kansas City Royals, per reports

Billy Hamilton to Kansas City Royals, per reports

Multiple reports indicate the Royals are close to signing free agent outfielder Billy Hamilton The Kansas City Royals and Billy Hamilton are close on a deal, according to multiple reports on the Tweetbox. Hamilton was non-tendered by the Cincinnati Reds last month. Hamilton is a very Kansas City Royals player, a really really fast guy with defensive chops who doesn’t hit at all. There had been some talk about the Rangers having some interest in him in the past, as an elite defensive center fielder who could do damage on the basepaths, but Hamilton at this point would be, at best, a...

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