Originally Posted by Vottomatic
If the Reds don't move Hamilton to CF, then he is definitely trade bait. Shortstop prospects are valued more higher than non-power hitting CFers. So a non-move is simply because he has more value at SS for some other team. Reds have Cozart, most likely for a long time, and there is zero sense in keeping Hamilton at short. Plus, he's not considered very good defensively.
Hamilton's defensive position will IMO have little or no bearing on his future with the Reds. He is here for his offense, including baserunning. Whether he is a SS, 2B, CF or LF, the Reds will value him very highly and are unlikely to trade him.
Obviously if someone wants to offer the moon for the guy, you take it. But I think the Reds see Hamilton as their lead off man and a star player for the future. I don't think they are too worried about where he plays defensively.