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Saturday, November 02, 2019

Braves decline Billy Hamilton’s option

ATLANTA (AP) — The Braves declined their part of Billy Hamilton’s mutual option for 2020, allowing the speedy outfielder to become a free agent.

Hamilton’s contract, agreed to with Kansas City last December, called for a $4.25 million salary for this year and included a $7.5 million mutual option for 2020 with a $1 million buyout. He earned an additional $200,000 this season in bonuses based on plate appearances.

So, who digs the stolen base?

QLE Posted: November 02, 2019 at 12:32 AM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: billy hamilton, braves, options

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   1. John DiFool2 Posted: November 02, 2019 at 08:17 AM (#5898059)
Certainly not Billy Hamilton. Only 22 this year.
   2. filihok Posted: November 02, 2019 at 12:39 PM (#5898103)
I think Hamilton digs steals, still.

It's getting on base that he seems to avoid.
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 02, 2019 at 02:16 PM (#5898119)
That was....fast.
   4. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: November 02, 2019 at 03:44 PM (#5898130)
A guy with Hamilton's skill set MUST put the ball in play. A 25% K-rate, and a .300 BABIP just will not get it done.

Give Astudillo Hamilton's speed, and he'd be an All-Star.
   5. Walt Davis Posted: November 02, 2019 at 05:53 PM (#5898181)
Hamilton should also be hitting the ball on the ground but has a slightly below-average G/F. Still, he's probably worth a $1-2 M bench spot as defensive replacement, PR, 150-200 PA kinda guy. But he is just about done as a MLer. Appropriately enough, he's right on the Rich Becker line of 8 WAR.
   6. PreservedFish Posted: November 02, 2019 at 06:33 PM (#5898199)
Cute Fangraphs article on Billy Hamilton's value as a pinch-runner and late-inning defensive replacement. Argues that Hamilton would be a ~1.2 WAR player if used exclusively in that role.
   7. Hank Gillette Posted: November 02, 2019 at 07:53 PM (#5898214)
Can’t steal first?
   8. Walt Davis Posted: November 03, 2019 at 01:46 AM (#5898280)
#6 Of course hard to use a guy that little in today's set-up ... although if we do end up with a 26-man roster limited to 14 pitchers, that becomes easier. The 2015 Cubs did keep Jonathan Herrera around the whole year while barely playing him after the Russell promotion. They also managed to carry LaStella for 3 years while giving him under 200 PA and only about 1 start a week. But regulars were pretty durable and very flexible so that's harder for most teams. I'm pretty sure that Hamilton on the roster will still get about 1 start a week and about 150 terrible PA no matter how much you try to limit his time.
   9. Dock Ellis Posted: November 03, 2019 at 09:50 AM (#5898299)
Be interesting to see how a guy like Hamilton would do if the experimental passed ball rule were enforced in MLB.
   10. Adam Starblind Posted: November 03, 2019 at 10:57 AM (#5898306)
Whats the experimental passed ball rule?
   11. SoSH U at work Posted: November 03, 2019 at 12:15 PM (#5898316)
Whats the experimental passed ball rule?


You can run to first if it gets past the catcher at any count.

   12. Howie Menckel Posted: November 03, 2019 at 12:38 PM (#5898318)
Hamilton to be someone's 26th man next year, with the rules change?

he could contribute later in every game.
   13. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: November 03, 2019 at 05:59 PM (#5898371)
Could really be an asset in that 26th roster position. If he's still an elite baserunner, PR him in the 7th or later. Run the hell out of him. Enjoy that late inning defense. His speed can be leveraged if his ab's are limited.
   14. Howie Menckel Posted: November 03, 2019 at 06:22 PM (#5898375)
I'm old enough to remember Oakland pinch-runner Herb Washington - and his mid-1970s Topps card that I have around here somewhere - and Hamilton is a much better player than that.

even if the game goes to extra innings and he has to bat, in a small sample size he might not hurt you there, either.
   15. Walt Davis Posted: November 03, 2019 at 10:06 PM (#5898409)
Hamilton is a much better player than that.

For sure but pitching staffs were a lot smaller -- and Herb was so bad that Herb was never allowed to bat or take the field (he was just a track guy as I recall). If you can actually keep the bat out of Hamilton's hands, his value goes up. Not clear that can be done with today's rosters, even with the 26th man. (Just returns us to the days of 12-man staffs which was just a few years ago.) The tougher question to answer is whether Hamilton is better than Terrance Gore. He made it all the way to 58 PA this year and did OK. Hamilton probably is better (Gore has never played CF in the majors for example) but it's not guaranteed. Tony Campana has put up superficially good numbers in Mexico the last couple of years but I'll assume he is not on anybody's radar.

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