The Dodgers and pitcher Rich Hill have agreed to terms. The southpaw will wear Dodger Blue for the next three years, and the team will pay Hill the big green to the amount of $48 million smackeroos. Here’s how it breaks down:
He’ll receive an upfront signing bonus of $2 million.
2017: $12 million
2018: $16 million
2019: $18 million
The contract is backloaded, so Hill must remain healthy if he expects to cash in the entire payday – and therein lies the rub. Can the man remain healthy for an entire season?
Before being traded to LA by the Oakland A’s, he was sidelined with a groin injury. When he arrived here, he brought a bothersome finger blister that kept a big question mark over his head for a month. Many of the Dodgers faithful wondered if he would ever pan out.
When Hill finally took the mound with some consistency, he was brilliant. The southpaw wowed the Dodgers and their fans almost every time he pitched. He almost became only the 24th man in history to pitch a perfect game, but he was pulled by his manager before he could accomplish the near-impossible feat. The reason given: that darn blister.
When the Dodgers faced the Cubs in the NLCS, Rich Hill delivered yet again. His trademark curveballs kept the Cubs lineup quiet, stiking out six, and allowing just two hits.
Hill finished the year with a 12W 5L record and a 2.12 ERA.
It makes sense the Dodgers would want Hill to remain as their number two starter behind Kershaw. If he remains healthy, he may give Clayton a run for the claim as the best southpaw on the squad.