After six seasons it appears at though Jordan Hamilton’s time with Toronto FC is done. The 22-year-old has reportedly been traded to club “rival” Columbus Crew SC for 27-year-old striker Patrick Mullins.
Per Sam Stejskal of The Athletic, Columbus will retain part of the $260k Mullins is owed in guaranteed compensation. Along with Hamilton, Toronto FC will send an international slot to Columbus for the remainder of the year, and the Crew will have right of first refusal on an international player who remains a secret.
Hamilton has 4 goals in 14 MLS games (7 starts) this year, while Mullins has none in nine (only two starts, though). Both players have spent much of their careers as bench impact players, although Mullins has been doing so for a fair bit longer. It’s likely that TFC were looking for someone a little more proven as a backup option late in games.
Part of the intrigue of this move is the fact that Hamilton was acquired by former Toronto FC GM Tim Bezbatchenko. It appears as though Bez still believes in the player despite his struggles to get regular minutes in MLS up until this point.
Deal is done, per source. Mullins to TFC in exchange for Hamilton and an int'l spot for the rest of 2019.— Sam Stejskal (@samstejskal) July 10, 2019
Columbus will keep part of Mullins' budget charge. He has guaranteed comp. of $260k; Hamilton at $138k. Crew also getting right of first refusal on unnamed international. https://t.co/vAcg3ARuHs