Mets Trade With Giants for Speedy Outfielder Billy Hamilton


The New York Mets just got a lot faster.

The Mets traded right-handed pitcher Jordan Humphreys, who was earlier designated for assignment, to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for outfielder Billy Hamilton, the team announced on Sunday.

The addition of Hamilton comes after outfielder Jake Marisnick was placed on the IL with a hamstring strain last week.

Hamilton, 29, is renowned for his elite speed and can cover plenty of ground in the outfield, giving the Mets a defensive center fielder and pinch-running weapon, which could come in handy in the new extra innings format where a runner is placed on second base to start the inning.

The lightning-quick Hamilton has 299 stolen bases on 368 attempts over the course of his seven-year career, including 22 stolen bases last season with the Royals and Braves.

Hamilton is not a good hitter, though, which limits him to mostly a bench option. The switch-hitter has a lifetime .242/.297/.326 slash line.

Humphreys, a 2015 draft pick, had not appeared in a MLB game for the Mets.

In other Mets roster moves on Sunday, they also traded eight-handed pitcher Tyler Bashlor to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for cash considerations.

Right-handed reliever Jared Hughes was also activated from the IL, pitcher Franklyn Kilome was optioned to the alternate training site and infielder Jed Lowrie was transferred to the 45-day IL, making it doubtful he will appear in a game for the Mets this season as he deals with PCL laxity in his left knee.

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