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Royals, Hamilton finalize $5.25M contract

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Royals and speedy outfielder Billy Hamilton finalized a $5.25 million contract Tuesday that includes up to $1 million in performance bonuses and a mutual option for 2020.

The Royals hope that spacious Kauffman Stadium will allow Hamilton to better use his speed than the bandbox of Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, where he spent his first six seasons with the Reds.

"Speed, athleticism, defensive ability. He brings a sense of trepidation when he steps on the field, not only as a defender but as an offensive player, too," manager Ned Yost said at the winter meetings in Las Vegas. "I've talked to a lot of Cincinnati people about him and they absolutely loved him. But we've been spoiled for years with Lorenzo Cain in center field, a tremendous defender in a big ballpark and having Billy roaming that ground from gap to gap out there."

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Leaders
AVG: W. Merrifield.304
HR: S. Perez27
RBI: S. Perez80
SB: W. Merrifield45
W: J. Junis9
ERA: J. Junis4.37
Saves: W. Peralta14
K: J. Junis164
AL Central
TeamWLPctGB
X-Cleveland 9171.562-
Minnesota 7884.48113
Detroit 6498.39527
Chi White Sox 62100.38329
Kansas City 58104.35833
Full Standings
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .245 (18)
Runs: 638 (25)
Hits: 1350 (18)
Home Runs: 155 (26)
Stolen Bases: 117 (6)
OBP: .305 (24)
SLG: .392 (24)
Total Bases: 2156 (23)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 4.94 (29)
Runs Allowed: 833 (27)
Saves: 33 (28)
Strikeouts: 1157 (29)
OpBA: .275 (29)
OBP: .342 (29)
SLG: .446 (26)
Run Support: 4.01 (25)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
12/13 C. Ellis Traded Texas (for cash considerations)
12/13 S. McWilliams Drafted Via Rule 5
12/11 B. Hamilton Signed as Free Agent ( 2019; Opt 2020)(one-year contract)
12/6 C. Owings Signed as Free Agent ( 2019)(one-year contract)
11/30 J. Adam Free Agent - No Contract Offer (non-tendered)
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Injuries
Date Player Status
8/21 J. Bonifacio Stiff back (day-to-day)
8/13 D. Duffy off 10-day DL
8/5 A. Mondesi Pinched nerve in shoulder (day-to-day)
7/29 B. Goodwin off 10-day DL
7/11 I. Kennedy off 10-day DL
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