CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians have made the signing of free agent Billy Hamilton official after the center fielder passed his medicals and his minor league contract was approved.
Hamilton signed a minor league contract with the Indians with a non-roster invitation to Major League Spring Training camp, the team announced Monday.
Prior to the start of last season, Hamilton signed with the San Francisco Giants but was later traded to the New York Mets and then claimed off waivers in September of 2020 by the Chicago Cubs.
In his eight-year career, Hamilton has spent time on the Cubs, Mets, Giants, Atlanta Braves, Kansas City Royals and Cincinnati Reds.
Over the course of his career, Hamilton has batted an average of .241 with 101 doubles, 36 triples, 22 home runs, 178 RBI and 305 stolen bases in 840 games.
Hamilton has been named a finalist for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award five times.
The Indians are set to hold their first workout in Goodyear, Arizona on Thursday, and Hamilton joins Spring Training as the 71st member of the player pool.