As the July 31 Trade Deadline approaches, outfielder Billy Hamilton knows his days with the Royals could be drawing to an end.
The signs are all there. Hamilton is on an expiring contract, the team was 29 games below .500 entering Sunday, and now Hamilton’s playing time is being drastically reduced with the promotion of Bubba Starling.
“Coming into the season with a one-year deal,” Hamilton told MLB.com on Sunday, “you know it’s possible [to get traded]. And that’s especially true when the team isn’t winning. If we were winning, it’d be different maybe.”
Hamilton talks regularly with his agent about his potential future.
“There’s definitely interest out there,” Hamilton said. “We don’t know anything specific. But I just have to keep doing my job, and if it happens, then it happens.”
Hamilton, 28, entered Sunday with just a .284 on-base percentage this season. But for any contender needing a weapon off the bench (16 steals) or a late-inning defensive replacement, Hamilton would be a nice fit. He can still fly in center field -- he is 12th in all of baseball with five Outs Above Average, the Statcast advanced metric that is the cumulative effect of all individual catch probability plays a fielder has been credited or debited with.