Braves claim Hamilton off waivers from Royals
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The Atlanta Braves claimed outfielder Billy Hamilton off waivers from the Kansas City Royals on Monday.

The Royals designated Hamilton for assignment on Aug. 16 after he hit .211/.275/.269 with 18 stolen bases in 93 games in 2019. Kansas City signed the 28-year-old to a one-year, $5.25-million contract with a mutual option for the 2020 campaign during the offseason.

Though he's struggled to get on base with a lifetime OBP of .296, Hamilton amassed 50-plus stolen bases four times in six seasons with the Cincinnati Reds. His speed has also helped him become a five-time Gold Glove finalist.

Atlanta has recently seen its outfield hit by the injury bug: Nick Markakis is out with a fractured wrist and Ender Inciarte is dealing with a strained hamstring, leaving the Braves with an outfield alignment featuring Ronald Acuna Jr., Adam Duvall, and Matt Joyce.

In a corresponding move, the Braves optioned right-hander Bryse Wilson to Triple-A Gwinnett.

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