The Kansas City Royals and speedy outfielder Billy Hamilton agreed to a $5.25 million contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press on Monday.
The Royals hope their roomy ballpark will allow Hamilton, 28, to use his speed after six seasons playing in a the bandbox in Cincinnati.
Hamilton made his big-league debut in 2013, then proceeded to have four consecutive seasons in which he stole at least 50 bases. That number dipped to 34 in 2018, when the switch hitter hit .236 with four homers and 29 RBI as an everyday center fielder.
The Reds did not tender Hamilton a contract, making him a free agent.
• Free-agent righthander Tyson Ross and Detroit reached a one-year deal for $5.75 million. Ross, 31, went a combined 8-9 with a 4.15 ERA for San Diego and St. Louis last season. He made 22 starts for the Padres, was claimed off waivers by the Cardinals in early August and pitched nine times for them, eight in relief.
• Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said the Rays will stick with their revolutionary practice of using an "opener" in 2019.
• A 25-year lease for the Mariners to stay at their ballpark was approved. The former Safeco Field is expected to have a new name.