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Mets trade Jordan Humphreys to Giants for outfielder Billy Hamilton

Hamilton gives the Mets speed and defensive skill.

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The Mets have traded right-handed pitching prospect Jordan Humphreys to the Giants in exchange for outfielder Billy Hamilton. Humphreys was one of several players designated for assignment by the team during the first week of the 60-game 2020 season. In his case, he was DFA’d to make room for Ryan Cordell, who was activated to take the place of Jake Marisnick, who hit the injured list shortly after the season began with a left hamstring injury.

Humphreys did not make our list of the Mets’ top 25 prospects for 2020, but he did receive some votes in the 15th through 20th range for our tally. Taken by the Mets in the 18th round of the 2015 draft, Humphreys put up good numbers in the lower levels of the minors before missing all of the 2018 season. Last year, he returned very late in the year for a couple of appearances in the Gulf Coast League before pitching well in 11.2 innings of relief work in the Arizona Fall League.

The 29-year-old Hamilton has been in the big leagues since 2013, having spent all of his time with the Reds through the 2018 season. Last year, he played for the Royals and Braves, and both last year and over the course of his career, he’s very clearly established that he can’t hit much but can steal bases and play defense in center field. For his career, he’s hit .242/.297/.326 with a 67 wRC+ and 299 stolen bases.