Cleveland will try to trade former Reds outfielder Hamilton

Outfielder Billy Hamilton won't be part of Cleveland's plans - according to manager Terry Francona - and the Indians will try to trade the former Cincinnati Reds center fielder, per a story from The Associated Press.

"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."

Former Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton hugs former teammate Cincinnati Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart (16) as he comes to bat 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.

Hamilton agreed last month to a minor-league deal with Cleveland. MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported that the deal would include $950,000 in incentives and $1 million if Hamilton reached the majors.

The New York Mets designated Hamilton for assignment last September, and he was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs. He had three hits in 10 at-bats with the Cubs, and stole three bases in four attempts, before he became a free agent in October.

Hamilton was traded in August of last year from the San Francisco Giants to the Mets for right-handed pitcher Jordan Humphreys. Hamilton did not appear in a regular-season game for the Giants after signing a minor-league deal with the team earlier in the year.

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