Billy Hamilton will likely be Reds’ leadoff hitter in 2014

Billy Hamilton is expected to play full time as the Reds’ leadoff man and starting center fielder, according to Mark Sheldon of

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Reds General manager Walt Jocketty attended Redsfest this weekend and fielded questions about last season’s center fielder Shin-Soo Choo, who is now a free agent, and how the club plans to replace him if he signs with another team.

It’s going to be very difficult for us with the amount

of money that’s

out there,” Jocketty said. “[Hamilton] would be our leadoff hitter if we

went to Spring Training


Reds president/CEO Bob Castellini was also very high

on Hamilton and felt that he could handle the



better be looking at Billy Hamilton. He’ll be up to it. Don’t count him

out,” Castellini


Hamilton, who was also an attendee of Redsfest, admitted that it would be difficult to replace Choo, but says he’s up for the challenge.

“That’s going to be big shoes to fill, but I feel like I can keep working at it and it will come,” Hamilton said. “It’s been a good experience this offseason thus far.”

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