The Kansas City Royals have designated Billy Hamilton for assignment.
You’re heard the phrase “that’s what speed do?” Well, Hamilton is a living example of what having only speed do: makes it really hard for you to stick on a big league roster.
Hamilton has had an absolutely dreadful year in Kansas City, hitting .211/.275/.269. He has 13 stolen bases because he’s fast, but when you don’t get on base very often and don’t hit for any power, wheels are pretty meaningless. Of course, that’s been the thing with Hamilton ever since he broke into the bigs. At age 28 has has regressed rather than made any progress in his game over the years.
He’ll likely clear waivers and could possibly latch onto a team who really needs a pinch runner-type down the stretch, but if you’re getting dumped by the 2019 Royals, it’s understandable that your options may be limited.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher has reversed course and will continue to pay minor leaguers. Fisher tells Slusser, “I concluded I made a mistake.” He said he is also setting up an assistance fund for furloughed employees.
The A’s decided in late May to stop paying paying minor leaguers as of June 1, which was the earliest date on which any club could do so after an MLB-wide agreement to pay minor leaguers through May 31 expired. In the event, the A’s were the only team to stop paying the $400/week stipends to players before the end of June. Some teams, notable the Royals and Twins, promised to keep the payments up through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended. The Washington Nationals decided to lop off $100 of the stipends last week but, after a day’s worth of blowback from the media and fans, reversed course themselves.