Today, the veteran lefty and the small marketed A’s reached a deal worth $6 mil guaranteed, according to Robert Murray of Baseball Essential.
Now, the 35 year old was a reliever for most of his career and started his career as a starter, but decided last year to try and start again. Hill looked good starting in 4 games for the Red Sox and racked up 29 innings with a 1.55 ERA. Hill also earned a 2-1 record and struck out 36 batters, but only walked 5 batters.
In fact, Hill turned down bigger deals to remain as a starter for a year. If Hill has a successful 2016 year he can get traded at the deadline for a pair of prospects and maybe land another $6 mil guaranteed deal. Also, if Hill does good this could be one of the bigger steals in the off-season.
Finally, Hill will have to earn a spot in the rotation, but will most likely stay in the rotation to not rush up the younger pitching talent. Now, if Hill does struggle due to fatigue expect him to go into the bullpen.
Note: Hill uses a 92 mph fastball to set up his nasty curveball and throws a good changeup. Hill’s delivery throws off hitters also and so does his side arm like motion to some lefties.
Overall Grade: B+
Hill’s 2016 prediction: 9-7, 2.89 ERA, 140 K’s, 30 walks, 185 innings pitched.