Billy Hamilton joins White Sox on minor-league deal

Former Cincinnati Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton has joined the Chicago White Sox on a minor-league deal with an invitation to big-league camp, according to multiple reports Tuesday. He is in uniform for Tuesday's Spring Training game.

Cleveland manager Terry Francona said last week that the Indians would try to trade Hamilton. They released him over the weekend.

Cleveland designated hitter Billy Hamilton steps into the batter's box in the second inning of the MLB Cactus League Spring training game between the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland at Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Ariz., on  Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021.

"We just felt, out of respect to Billy, because of being the veteran he is and being the really good veteran that he is, we didn't think it was right to ask him to get on a bus and back up guys if we knew he wasn't gonna be on the team," Francona said during a Zoom call. "He was a pro's pro. He's such a good kid and we'll certainly attempt to help him land somewhere. That's why we did it this quickly."

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