Cincinnati Reds: What are the team’s plans for Matt Harvey and Billy Hamilton?


UPDATE: The Cincinnati Reds apparently plan to pass on any further chances to trade Matt Harvey or Billy Hamilton before the end of the season. 

After reports both players were claimed on waivers this week caused a ripple in the news cycle, a team representative announced both are expected to remain members of the club for the rest of this year. 

Ramsey is the Reds director of communications. 

Since being acquired in May, Harvey has been widely expected to be traded because he is a free agent at the end of the season. 

National baseball writer Jon Heyman tweeted a source told him Reds owner Bob Castellini did not want the team to trade Harvey. 

Castellini has previously gone on record saying he wants Hamilton to be a Red forever. 

ORIGINAL STORY: 

The Cincinnati Reds might not be done selling off parts from their current squad. 

National baseball writer Jon Heyman reported pitcher Matt Harvey was claimed on waivers while The Athletic’s Robert Murray reported centerfielder Billy Hamilton was as well. 

That means the Reds could trade one or both of them to the team that made the claim, though it also might not be likely. 

While the team that claimed Hamilton is unknown, Milwaukee put in the claim on Harvey. 

The Brewers are 3.5 games behind the Cubs and a half-game behind the Cardinals in the NL Central. 

They are also in the thick of the wild card race. 

Moving Harvey would make sense because he can leave as a free agent after the season. 

Hamilton will still be under team control through next season, but he is also due a big raise via arbitration. 

He’s continued to play a stellar centerfield, but Hamilton’s batting average, slugging percentage and stolen bases are all down this season. His on-base percentage is up slightly, as his his WAR (wins above replacement) at Baseball-Reference.com

  


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