Via Wezen-Ball, who breaks down all the numbers on the speed of Hamilton’s “trots,” comes Billy Hamilton being Billy Hamilton:
Hamilton is not having the greatest season at Triple-A Louisville. He’s hitting .248/.315/.349 with 30 steals in 53 games. Which is good, but not for him. Given that the Reds are loaded and winning like crazy this season it’s unlikely we’ll see Hamilton in the bigs this year. But we should definitely root for him to go on a tear so that he may be in Cincinnati’s plans for 2014 so we can see all that speed all the time.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Orioles and Mets have discussed a trade for Matt Harvey.
Rosenthal says the discussions have involved a reliever going back to New York and observes that that Harvey and Brad Brach are projected for similar salaries in their final arbitration years which could make a financial match.
There have been a handful of Harvey rumors over the past couple of days, with a report coming out yesterday that the Mets have spoken with at least two teams about their fallen ace. Jon Heyman said today that the Rangers may have been one of those teams. Maybe the Orioles are the second or, perhaps, the third?
All if this has to be pretty deflating if you’re a Mets fan, given the promise and dominance Harvey showed before injuries waylaid him the past two seasons. Harvey is still just 28 but he made only 18 starts and one relief appearance last year, posting a 6.70 ERA with a 67/47 K/BB ratio in 92.2 innings.
If the Mets can’t find a trade partner this winter, they’ll clearly hope for him to rebound at least a little bit in 2018, allowing him to regain some trade value.