Milwaukee Brewers: 5 most interesting players non-tendered
3. Billy Hamilton
Why not add a dimension to the Milwaukee Brewers offense that was lacking a bit last year? Billy Hamilton has game-changing speed. He doesn’t hit much, but he has impressive defensive range, and can steal bases seemingly at will.
Hamilton swiped 34 bases in 44 attempts last year. He also slashed .236/.299/.327. The good news is that he posted an 8.3% walk rate which represents his best mark at the Major League level. The bad news is that he also struck out at a 23% clip.
Hamilton would serve as a fourth outfielder/late inning defensive replacement/pinch runner extraordinaire for the Milwaukee Brewers if they were to sign him.
The Brewers lacked a true base-stealing threat on their bench last year, and Hamilton would definitely provide an upgrade.
Hamilton will become eligible for free agency after the 2019 season if he only signs a one-year deal. However, 2019 will only be his age-28 season. Hamilton is still a capable athlete who can handle center field, and play in the middle of the infield in a pinch.
If Hamilton wants to rebuild his value with an eye toward free agency after 2019, he may sign a one-year deal. If the Milwaukee Brewers can boost their bench with an elite talent like Hamilton without a long-term commitment, they should look into it.