Dodgers Re-sign Rich Hill to 3-Year, $48 million deal
In a weak market for starting pitching, Rich Hill was viewed as arguably one of the top arms available and due to being traded midseason, he would not cost a team a draft pick. Although Hill was tied to several teams, he ultimately resigned with the Los Angeles Dodgers on a Three-Year, $48 million deal. Hill will turn 36 years old in March, but the Lefty ‘s biggest question mark is his duration, and whether he can remain healthy for the length of his contract. Hill has only surpassed 100 innings twice in his career, once in 2007, (195 IP) and most recently in 2016 (110.1 IP). For a Dodgers’ club that has seen their fair share of injuries with their pitchers (Brandon McCarthy, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Scott Kazmir, Alex Wood), Hill is a risky move but a necessary one who looked part of an ace when on the mound, with a 2.12 ERAin 2016.
Hill is just a year removed from agreeing to a 1-Year, $6 million contract with the Oakland A’s in 2015, which he proved to be a bargain as he went 9-3, with a 2.25 ERA in 14 starts, over 76 innings. Leading up to the trade deadline, Hill was one of the most sought after arms available and the Dodgers made the extra push to get their Lefty from Billy Beane and Co. as Hill went on to go 3-2, posting a shiny 1.83 ERA in 6 starts. In total, Hill went 12-5 with a 2.12 ERA in 20 starts over 110.1 innings between the A’s and Dodgers. And looks to remain as the No. 2 guy, behind Kershaw continuing to form a strong 1-2 punch for the Dodgers.
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