Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton is headed to the disabled list with a sprained right shoulder, shutting down the speedster until at least early September.
Hamilton’s defense is outstanding and he made big strides with his base-stealing this year after being thrown out a league-high 23 times in 2014, but he simply hasn’t hit.
Hamilton has batted .226 with four homers and a .563 OPS in 107 games this season, posting an ugly .272 on-base percentage that makes it particularly impressive that he’s swiped a league-leading 54 bases.
Skip Schumaker and Jason Bourgeois are the most likely in-house options to fill in for Hamilton.
Jon Morosi reported on Saturday that the Marlins signed veteran reliever Brandon Kintzler to a one-year contract worth $3.25 million. The deal includes a club option for 2020 worth $4 million with a $250,000 buyout, according to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers.
Kintzler, 35, put up a terrific 2.68 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 13 walks over 57 innings for the Cubs last season. He’s been mostly good in recent years, but relievers in their mid-30’s have had a tough time finding multi-year deals.
The Marlins have a handful of players who could rack up saves this coming season, namely Drew Steckenrider and José Ureña along with Kintzler. The club will likely use spring training to determine an official closer, if they name one at all. The Marlins have also expressed interest in free agent Pedro Strop.