Reports are surfacing that the Dodgers are close to reaching an agreement with right handed starter Rich Hill. The Dodgers acquired Hill at the trade deadline this season from the Oakland A’s along with Josh Reddick for three top prospects, Grant Holmes, Frankie Montas, and Jharel Cotton. While Reddick was pretty bad, Hill was pretty good. In 6 starts for the Dodgers he was 3-2 with a 1.83 ERA and a 39/5 strikeout walk line. Hill allowed just seven earned runs in the regular season for the Dodgers and posted a 10.3 K/9 rate with a low 1.3 BB/9 rate as well.
#Dodgers closing in on multi-year deal with LHP Rich Hill. Not done yet
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) December 4, 2016
Overall Hill posted a 12-5 record with a 2.12 ERA in 20 starts. Honestly he was one of the better pitchers in all of baseball. It makes sense for the Dodgers to resign him; especially considering the free agent market is barren of any good starting pitchers.
Per reports, the deal is a multi-year contract in the neighborhood of 3-years and between 46-48 million dollars. Bill Plunkett is reporting that the deal is not finalized and may not be until Sunday morning or later. Hill was being vetted by other clubs like the Yankees, Rangers, and possibly the Astros, but all of those clubs have bowed out of the bidding.
The team friendly deal does come with some risk, as Hill is 37-years old and battled groin and blister problems all season long. Hill logged 110.1 innings pitched in 2016, and would need to provide the Dodgers more if he is going to be their number 2 starter behind ace Clayton Kershaw. However if Hill is healthy it would represent a good boost to what was a very thin rotation in 2016.
Of course signing Hill doesn’t mean that the Dodgers should give up on acquiring more starting pitching. The rest of the rotation could use help too. With Clayton Kershaw, Kenta Maeda, and rookie phenom Julio Urias ready to join Hill in the rotation for next year.