MLB squads are able to add two players to the team on Thursday as roster limits expand for the rest of the season. The Minnesota Twins are using the opportunity to call up veteran speed threat Billy Hamilton. It's an addition that could come in handy down the stretch.
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Hamilton originally signed a minor-league deal with Minnesota in August. The Twins are in a fight to make the MLB Playoffs and having Hamilton on the bench as a late-inning pinch runner lines up as a logical move. The 31-year-old ranks third amongst all active players with 321 career stolen bases.
Keep in mind Hamilton isn't only known for his speed, though. The 10th-year pro is still regarded as one of the best outfield gloves in the game, as showcased by his 74 career defensive runs saved. Seeing him and Byron Buxton patrolling the outfield would be a scary sight for opposing hitters.
At the dish, Hamilton is slashing .209/.266/.293 with 38 doubles and 14 triples in 539 plate appearances spread across six teams in the past four years. He could still earn a start every now and then, though, especially with Buxton, Alex Kirilloff and Trevor Larnach on the injured list.
The Twins also called up relief pitcher Austin Davis, who was recently claimed off waivers. For now, Minnesota sits 1.5 games back of the Cleveland Guardians in the American League Central. Rocco Baldelli's team has odds set at +220 to earn the divisional crown, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.