If you are one of my regular readers or even a follower on Twitter you know who is coming here. I am obsessed with the idea of having Billy Hamilton on the Dodgers.
As I said in my full article about this, you sign Hamilton for everything but his bat (it’s weird I know). He cannot hit for his life but again, what he lacks in hitting he makes up ten-fold in base stealing and defense.
Since his debut, Hamilton has the most stolen bases in the Major Leagues by a cozy margin and his defense is one of the best in the major leagues.
Now I get it, you stopped at “he cannot hit a baseball” and I totally understand that. Hamilton’s bat is less reliable than the weather, hitting a career .245 with an OPS of just .631. But you essentially have to just put your faith in stolen bases and the defense.
Since Hamilton appeals to roughly 50% of the Dodger fan population I am making this a two person bid. The second is former rival, AJ Pollock.
Pollock is 31-years old now and he, unlike Billy Hamilton, can do both defend and hit the ball. At 31, the idea of signing Pollock to multi-year deal scares me a bit but at the same time, his knowledge of the Diamondbacks pitching staff and ability to hit at the top of the order is extremely appealing.
As far as valuations go, Hamilton should not, under any circumstance get more than a one year deal for $4.5 million. If Jonathan Schoop walked away with one year for $7.5 million from the Twins, Hamilton should be in for a really small payday. As for Pollock, he might slot in around the mark I set for Brantley: 3yrs/$45 million.