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KANSAS CITY Welington Castillo Jersey , Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals and speedy outfielder Billy Hamilton finalized a $5.25 million contract Tuesday that includes up to $1 million in performance bonuses and a mutual option for 2020.The Royals hope that spacious Kauffman Stadium will allow the bandbox of Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, where he spent his first six seasons with the Reds.“Speed, athleticism, defensive ability. He brings a sense of trepidation when he steps on the field, not only as a defender but as an offensive player, too,” manager Ned Yost said at the winter meetings in Las Vegas. “I’ve talked to a lot of Cincinnati people about him and they absolutely loved him. But we’ve been spoiled for years with Lorenzo Cain in center field, a tremendous defender in a big ballpark and having Billy roaming that ground from gap to gap out there.”Hamilton’s deal, announced Tuesday, calls for a $4.25 million salary next year and a $7.5 million mutual option with a $1 million buyout He can earn $100 http://www.redsfanproshop.com/authentic-cliff-pennington-jersey ,000 each for making 325 plate appearances and every additional 25 through 550.The 28-year-old 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 last season, when the switch-hitting Hamilton hit .236 with four homers and 29 RBIs as the Reds’ everyday center fielder.Hamilton’s addition gives Yost more ability to move players around with a deep and versatile outfield.“We’ll have a lot of opportunities to kind of mix and match and see what fits and what’s beneficial for us as a team,” he said.The Reds ultimately did not tender Hamilton a contract after paying him $4.6 million in the second year of arbitration. The Royals now control him through the 2019 season and Kansas City now has three of the top eight base-stealers in the majors last season.The Royals were poised to head to spring training with Brett Phillips and Brian Goodwin competing for the centerfield job, and both of them will still have that opportunity with Hamilton in the mix.Phillips was acquired last season in the trade that sent third baseman Mike Moustakas to Milwaukee for the stretch run. Much like Hamilton, the 24-year-old Phillips is an elite defensive player, but he has yet to prove much at the plate. He hit just .188 in 36 games after arriving in Kansas City. The 28-year-old Goodwin is more accomplished offensively, hitting .266 in 27 games after the Royals acquired him in a trade with Washington.The Royals are in the midst of a massive rebuilding project after going to back-to-back World Series and winning the championship in 2015. It appears part of that rebuild involves returning to the speed-and-defense style that first allowed the long-suffering organization to return to respectability.Second baseman Whit Merrifield led the majors with 45 steals last season, while shortstop Adalberto Mondesi was eighth with 32 steals, despite getting time in the minors and only 275 big league at-bats.“Whit is going to play wherever. Most days he’ll probably play second Joey Votto Jersey , yeah, but to have the ability to move Whit all over the place is great,” Yost said. “Just like Chris (Owings), we can move him wherever we want to move him and feel good about it. I feel every bit as good as putting Whit in center, in right, at first, as I do at second base.” MIAMI (AP) — Wander Suero was trying to pick a runner off first base when he let another stroll into home.Suero balked in a run while the Washington Nationals blew a four-run lead, and the Miami Marlins rallied for an 8-5 victory Monday night.Washington led 4-0 after 4 1/2 innings but trailed by the end of the sixth. Suero let in the go-ahead run, balking with pinch-hitter Rafael Ortega batting and Austin Dean at third base to put Miami ahead 5-4. Suero was trying to pick Magneuris Sierra off first, and Nationals manager Dave Martinez was uncertain what he did wrong.“He (home plate umpire Pat Hoberg) said he saw something different http://www.redsfanproshop.com/authentic-brandon-finnegan-jersey ,” Martinez said. “He’s been doing it all year. It’s the first it’s ever been called a balk.”Washington tied it in the seventh when Trea Turner beat out a potential double play, but Miami loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning and Lewis Brinson hit a tiebreaking single off Koda Glover (1-3).The Nationals (76-75) are in third place in the NL East, trailing the division-leading Braves (83-67) by 7 1/2 games and are 6 1/2 games out of the final wild-card spot.“We have to win every one,” Martinez said. “Let’s concentrate on tomorrow, but we have to win these games. We’re still in it and I know those guys are not going to quit. Forget about this one and come back tomorrow and win tomorrow.”Anthony Rendon had three hits, including a two-run home run, and Victor Robles hit his first career homer for the Nationals, who have 11 games remaining.“You obviously feel bad because you still have a chance to qualify for the playoffs,” Robles said.Starlin Castro had a homer and three RBIs for the last-place Marlins.Castro’s solo homer in the eighth pushed the lead to 8-5.Jarlin Garcia (3-2) recorded the final out of the seventh. Adam Conley pitched the ninth for his third save.“A lot of good things today,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.The Nationals led 4-0 behind an error by Marlins third baseman Brian Anderson Reggie Sanders Jersey , a solo shot by Robles and a two-run blast by Rendon.Castro’s two-run double in the fifth cut the deficit to 4-2 and ended Erick Fedde’s outing. Fedde allowed two hits and two runs over 4 1/3 innings.“He hits that double and it really gets us back in the game,” Mattingly said.Miami got four consecutive hits off Jimmy Cordero in the sixth, including a two-run single by Sierra, before Suero balked.“You try to do your job, make good pitches and locate, but things happen in games,” Cordero said. “You just have to keep attacking. You can’t let it affect you because you lose control.”Marlins starter Trevor Richards allowed four runs in five innings.TRAINER’S ROOMMarlins: RHP Jose Urena (hand) exited Sunday’s game at Philadelphia but is expected to be fine. Manager Don Mattingly said he was just experiencing cramping in his hand. … RHP Dan Straily (oblique) is not expected to pitch the rest of the season.UP NEXTNationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (8-7, 3.87 ERA) is the scheduled starter in Tuesday’s game against Miami to end the two-game set.Marlins: RHP Sandy Alcantara (2-0, 1.42) will make his fourth start of the season and third against the Nationals.