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Indians Add More OF Depth, Ink Billy Hamilton to a Minor-League Deal

The Indians continue to look to add depth to their outfield, and Thursday they added two veteran players to the mix – Ben Gamel from Milwaukee and former Cincinnati Reds OF Billy Hamilton.

Hamilton and the Tribe agreed to a minor league contract and he will be on hand in Goodyear, AZ when the team reports to spring training.

Last season Hamilton played for the New York Mets and Chicago Cubs, but the 30-year-old is mostly known for his six seasons with the Reds.

Hamilton’s best pro season came in 2014 at the young age of 23 when with the Reds he hit .250 with six homers and 48 RBI with 56 stolen bases.

From 2014 to 2017 Hamilton stole 56, 57, 58 and 59 bases over those four seasons. He also led the league in caught stealing with getting nabbed 23 times in the 2014 season.

In 31 games last season with the Mets and Cubs Hamilton hit just .125 with one homer and two RBI.

The Indians outfield is starting to get more and more crowded with the two transactions on Thursday.

Right now the team has Jordan Luplow, Oscar Mercado, Bradley Zimmer, Jake Bauers, Eddie Rosario, Daniel Johnson, Ben Gamel and Franmil Reyes looking for playing time in the outfield.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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