Billy Hamilton is one of the fastest men in the MLB. At 28, he's already swiped 277 bags during his career and doesn't look like he's about to stop any time soon. That kind of speed is hard to come by nowadays. Now that he's been non-tendered by the Reds, here are six teams that could definitely use Hamilton in the outfield and on the base paths next season.
6. Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers are stacked from top to bottom, but could stand to get better defensively in the outfield. In order to sign Hamilton, they would have to get rid of somebody (Alex Verdugo/Matt Kemp/Joc Pederson), but L.A. has to be willing to do what it takes to get past the pesky AL teams that continue to thwart them in the World Series.
5. Tampa Bay Rays
Imagine Kevin Kiermaier and Billy Hamilton working together in the outfield. It's almost too good of an opportunity to pass up if you're Tampa Bay. Plus, Hamilton's speed can help them eke out close wins and play small ball late in games. It's definitely worth exploring for a team that always tries to maximize at the margins.
4. Oakland A's
Billy Beane has made a career out of taking scraps from other teams and turning them into impact players. Hamilton would certainly help a team that finished dead last in stolen bases last year. The A's don't like to steal unless they are almost positive the runner is going to make it. With Hamilton, they can be pretty sure he will be safe most of the time, and he could bring a new aspect to the A's already-potent offense, spelling rookie Ramon Laureano in center.
3. Cleveland Indians
The Indians have had a revolving door in center fielder the past few seasons. While Hamilton may not ever materialize as a superb hitter, the defense and base running skills he brings to the table are enough to make up for that. He could basically be a poor man's Jackie Bradley, Jr. (regular season JBJ, not godly ALCS JBJ) so Cleveland should take a solid look at this guy.
2. Arizona Diamondbacks
The Diamondbacks aren't going to be able to retain A.J. Pollock and there are no other legitimate centerfielders on the market. Given the team's renewed emphasis on defense the past couple of seasons, Hamilton could slide in perfectly into their plans.
1. Colorado Rockies
The massive size of the Coors Field outfield demands a speedy player like Hamilton. Charlie Blackmon would fit much better in one of the corners than patrolling center. Sliding him over to make room for Hamilton is the prudent way to shore up defense and give the team some help on the bases.