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Rich Hill | Starting Pitcher | #63

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (35) / 3/11/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 218
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Michigan
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 4 (0) / CHC
Contract: view contract details
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Rich Hill turned down a higher offer to sign with the Athletics because they guaranteed him a spot in their starting rotation.
"They’re giving me a chance to make those 32 starts and they seem to be building a decent team as the months go by," said Hill. "It was an opportunity I thought suited me perfectly." Hill said he was also swayed by pitching coach Curt Young, who he worked with in Boston. The 35-year-old compiled a stunning 1.55 ERA in his four starts last year. Sat, Dec 26, 2015 09:03:00 PM
Source: Boston Globe

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Athletics signed LHP Rich Hill to a one-year contract.

The A's signing of Hill was initially reported by Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan on November 17. The move's official, now. After signing a minor league contract with the Red Sox in mid-August, Hill was called up in September and pitched well in four starts (1.55 ERA, 0.65 WHIP, 36/5 K/BB ratio in 29 innings). The 35-year-old southpaw slots in nicely at the back of the A's rotation.
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 03:48:00 PM

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the A's have signed Rich Hill to a one-year, $6 million contract pending a physical.

The Padres and Rays were also showing interest in Hill, but he ultimately lands with the A's. The Red Sox signed the 35-year-old southpaw to a minor league deal in August before calling him up in September. He responded well once reacquainted with the major league mound, pitching to a 1.55 ERA, 0.65 WHIP and 36/5 K/BB ratio over 29 innings (four starts). With the A's, he'll pitch in a park that's much, much more friendly to pitchers than Fenway.
Tue, Nov 17, 2015 09:39:00 PM

According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, the Athletics are in negotiations with free agent pitcher Rich Hill.

Hill was last seen pitching for the Red Sox, who called him up from the minors in September. In four starts, the veteran southpaw held a 1.55 ERA, 0.65 WHIP and 36/5 K/BB ratio in 29 innings. The Padres and Rays are among the other teams that have been rumored to be interested in striking a deal with Hill.
Tue, Nov 17, 2015 07:56:00 PM

Free agent southpaw Rich Hill is expected to make a decision this week on where he'll pitch in 2016.

The Red Sox, with whom he twirled 29 incredible innings to end the season, are not believed to be in the mix for his services. After toiling in the minor leagues for most of the 2015 season, the 35-year-old stands to land a multi-year deal.
Source: WEEI.com
Mon, Nov 16, 2015 07:52:00 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays are talking to free agent Rich Hill.

Hill has already been linked to several different clubs this month after posting a 1.55 ERA, 0.65 WHIP, and 36/5 K/BB ratio over 29 innings for the Red Sox in 2015. All the attention will likely drive up his price, but the veteran southpaw can still probably be had on a one-year deal and that's appealing to both small-market and big-market teams seeking rotation depth.
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 11:23:00 AM

According to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, the Padres are one team interested in Rich Hill.

Hill signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox in August and was eventually called to the bigs in early September. He made four starts to close out the season, pitching to a 1.55 ERA, 0.65 WHIP and 36/5 K/BB ratio across 29 innings. The 35-year-old southpaw should slot into the back-end of a rotation on a relatively cheap deal.
Wed, Nov 11, 2015 08:09:00 PM

Rich Hill took his first loss despite holding the Yankees to two runs and four hits in six innings Thursday.

Hill will be one of this winter's most fascinating free agents after posting a 1.55 ERA, a 0.66 WHIP and 36/5 K/BB ratio in four starts for Boston down the stretch. He's 35 (36 in March), and he's thrown less than 200 innings in the majors in the last eight seasons, but he looks like he could be plenty good at the back of a rotation while healthy. Since he'll only be a candidate for a one-year deal, someone will probably toss him several million dollars.
Thu, Oct 1, 2015 10:47:00 PM

Rich Hill struck out 10 batters in a two-hit shutout against the Orioles on Friday.

Hill's remarkable run with the Red Sox continues. It was his second career shutout and his first since 2006. The veteran left-hander owes an assist to Mookie Betts, who ended the game by leaping over the right-field wall to make a catch which robbed Chris Davis of a home run. After not making a start in MLB since 2009, Hill has allowed just three runs in 23 innings with a 30/2 K/BB ratio over his first three starts with Boston. He has struck out 10 batters in all three starts. This is a guy who was pitching with the independent Long Island Ducks earlier this year. It's an amazing story.
Fri, Sep 25, 2015 11:00:00 PM

Rich Hill held the Blue Jays to three earned runs over seven innings Sunday in a Red Sox victory.

It wasn't as dominant as his start last Sunday against the Rays, but Hill is to be commended for keeping the dangerous Blue Jays offense to three runs on seven hits. He walked none and struck out 10. The veteran left-hander will try to keep it all working next week against the Orioles, one of his former teams.
Sun, Sep 20, 2015 04:03:00 PM

Rich Hill allowed just one hit (and zero runs) over seven innings Sunday in Boston's 2-0 extra-innings defeat of the Rays.

Hill struck out 10 and issued just one walk in what was his first major league start since 2009. He kept the Tampa Bay offense from generating any kind of threat over his seven shutout frames and then the Red Sox bullpen continued the trend all the way through to the 13th. Boston is expected to use a six-man rotation down the stretch, so the 35-year-old Hill has a few more turns to build some buzz before free agency.
Sun, Sep 13, 2015 05:57:00 PM

Interim manager Torey Lovullo said the Red Sox will use a six-man rotation for the rest of the season.

The Red Sox don't want to overwork Wade Miley, who is approaching 180 innings. Adding a sixth man will help limit his workload. Rich Hill was already scheduled to start Sunday against the Rays but now it looks like he'll stay in the rotation for what's left of the 2015 campaign. The 35-year-old boasts a 2.83 ERA in 54 minor league innings this year.
Sat, Sep 12, 2015 04:11:00 PM

Rich Hill will start for the Red Sox on Sunday afternoon at the Rays' Tropicana Field.

It will be his first start at the major league level since 2009, when he was a member of the Orioles. Hill, 35, probably won't make for a very good fantasy streamer.
Wed, Sep 9, 2015 04:05:00 PM

Red Sox purchased the contract of LHP Rich Hill from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Hill signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox in August and posted a 2.78 ERA over five starts. The 35-year-old is an option to be a sixth starter over the final month of the season. He hasn't started a game in the majors since 2009 as a member of the Orioles.
Tue, Sep 8, 2015 03:52:00 PM

Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo said that the team would be promoting LHP Rich Hill.

The Red Sox signed Hill to a minor league contract in early August. Over 32 1/3 innings (five starts) with Triple-A Pawtucket, he held a 2.78 ERA. The 35-year-old southpaw last pitched in 2014 with the Angels and Yankees. Those in deeper AL-only leagues could take a flier on the starter, but expectations should be tempered given the long layoff.
Source: weei.com
Mon, Sep 7, 2015 08:45:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Stephen Vogt
2Josh Phegley
1B1Yonder Alonso
2Max Muncy
2B1Jed Lowrie
2Eric Sogard
SS1Marcus Semien
2Tyler Ladendorf
3B1Danny Valencia
LF1Coco Crisp
2Mark Canha
CF1Billy Burns
2Sam Fuld
RF1Josh Reddick
2Andrew Lambo
3Jake Smolinski
DH1Billy Butler
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Sonny Gray
2Jesse Hahn
3Chris Bassitt
4Rich Hill
5Henderson Alvarez
6Kendall Graveman
7Jarrod Parker
8Sean Nolin
9Felix Doubront
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Ryan Madson
3John Axford
4Liam Hendriks
5Fernando Rodriguez
6Marc Rzepczynski
7Ryan Dull
8R.J. Alvarez
9Aaron Brooks