FantasySP / MLB / Billy Hamilton FantasySP / MLB / Billy Hamilton Copyright 2018 5118723 <![CDATA[Reds avoid arbitration with three players]]> Billy Hamilton, reliever Michael Lorenzen and starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani.

Spin: Hamilton batted .247 with a .299 on-base percentage, 85 runs and a career-high 59 steals over 139 games in 2017. Eligible for arbitration a second time, he avoided the hearing last offseason by signing a one-year deal worth $2.625 million. Lorenzen, who will compete for a rotation spot this spring, has worked exclusively out of the bullpen the past two seasons. He finished 8-4 with a 4.45 ERA in a career- and team-high 70 appearances in 2017 while earning $555,000. DeSclafani missed the entire season with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. In a 2016 season shortened by a strained left oblique, the right-hander went 9-5 with a 3.28 ERA with one complete game in 20 starts spanning 123 1/3 innings.]]> 5118723 Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:21:11 EDT
<![CDATA[Comes to terms with Reds]]> Hamilton agreed to a one-year, $4.6 million deal with the Reds on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Robert Murray of reports.

He receives a healthy raise over the $2.625 million he made last season in his first year of arbitration. Hamilton is one of the game's best defenders, but continues to be a real-life liability at the plate. However, his 243 steals in 537 MLB games make him a valuable commodity in fantasy. It's possible that Hamilton will be traded before Opening Day.

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<![CDATA[Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Reds are still listening]]> Billy Hamilton. The Giants are reportedly the club that has expressed the most interest in the 27-year-old speedster. [...]]]> 5114470 Sat, 06 Jan 2018 8:07:06 EDT