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KANSAS CITY, Mo.
It is shorter now.
The Hamilton Royals named an assignment on Friday, two months before the end of the one-year contract he signed last December.
The rationale: They created a room for the contestant Brett Phillips, who was due to be on the team on Friday before a series of three matches with the Mets.
Phillips got into trade that Mike Moustakas sent to the Brewers, he has been ripping up a Triple-A ball with Omaha recently, despite a rough start.
It is hitting .240 but it has a percentage of .378 with 18 domestic and 13 trolleys for the season. He managed to steal 22 centers in 23 tries. Since June 1, 13 have run home at Phillips with OPS over 1.000 and a percentage on the north base of .400.
In 93 games with the Royals, Hamilton wore bat .211 without running at home. The team focused on Hamilton, a highly respected man, as a key suitability not only for the great Kauffman Stadium but for a team who wanted to return to his speed roots. But his inability to go on the ground prevented this from being a major factor. He stole 18 coins.
Phillips first started with the Royals after trading last year, but he just met.