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Rich Hill | Starting Pitcher | #44

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (36) / 3/11/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 220
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Michigan
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 4 (0) / CHC
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Dodgers re-signed LHP Rich Hill to a three-year, $48 million contract.
The deal was agreed to in principle over the weekend and then finalized Monday morning after the veteran left-hander passed his physical. Hill excelled when healthy in 2016, producing a 2.12 ERA and 129 strikeouts in 110 1/3 innings between the Athletics and Dodgers. He'll carry big-time fantasy potential (but some of the same durability concerns) into 2017 -- what will be his age-37 campaign. Dec 5 - 1:06 PM

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ESPN's Jim Bowden reports a deal between the Dodgers and free agent Rich Hill "will get done."

Bowden said an official announcement is expected on Sunday. According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, Hill's new deal is expected to be in the neighborhood of three years and $48 million. That's a big raise for Hill, who inked a one-year, $6 million pact with Oakland last offseason. The 36-year-old had his best season in 2016, contributing a stellar 2.12 ERA over 110 1/3 innings.
Dec 3 - 10:42 PM

According to Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers are "getting closer" to re-signing free agent Rich Hill.

A source told Peter Gammons earlier today that Hill and the Dodgers were in agreement on a three-year deal worth over $40 million. That could very well be the case, but it doesn't look like a deal will be finalized before Sunday. Hill was limited to only seven starts in the second half because of blister issues but was excellent when healthy last season (2.12 ERA over 20 outings for the Dodgers and A's).
Dec 3 - 8:24 PM

According to Peter Gammons, one team with interest in Rich Hill thinks that he has a three-year deal with the Dodgers worth more than $40 million.

This doesn't mean that a deal is done, but it certainly wouldn't be surprising if he ultimately returned to Los Angeles. The Dodgers need all of the help that they can get in their rotation, and bringing back the veteran left-hander would be a great first step toward stabilizing their pitching staff.
Dec 3 - 3:01 PM

Jim Bowden of ESPN.com reports that the Yankees, Dodgers, Rangers, and Astros are in full pursuit of free agent left-hander Rich Hill.

Bowden also notes that the Red Sox and Orioles are in the mix, though apparently to a lesser extent. It's no surprise to see this group of contenders vying for the services of arguably the top starting pitcher in a weak class of free agents. There's been speculation about him landing a three-year deal in the range of $45 million, but the competition could at least increase the annual salary. Hill missed a bunch of time this past season due to a lingering blister issue, but he posted a brilliant 2.12 ERA over 20 starts between the Athletics and Dodgers.
Nov 29 - 3:41 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Yankees' primary focus is now turning to pitching.

The Yankees were able to unload some salary by dealing Brian McCann to the Astros (though they will cover $5.5 million over the next two seasons), so they now have some extra wiggle room this winter. Not surprisingly, Olney writes that Rich Hill is in the mix of the pitchers the Yankees are looking at. The Dodgers aren't going to let him go without a fight and you can be sure that other contenders will be calling. While Hill is a unique case, it would be no surprise if he landed a three-year deal in the range of $45 million.
Nov 17 - 11:08 PM

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday that the club plans to reach out to the representatives for free agent left-hander Rich Hill.

It's a matter of due diligence at the very least, but Hill is going to hear from most contenders as arguably the top starting pitcher on the market. The 36-year-old missed a bunch of time this year due to blister and groin issues, but he posted a dominant 2.12 ERA in 20 starts. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe mentioned over the weekend that he could land a three-year, $45 million contract this winter.
Nov 8 - 3:24 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe suggests Rich Hill could be in line for a three-year, $45 million deal in free agency.

It would be a hefty raise for Hill, who earned $6 million this past season. He's certainly earned it. The 36-year-old pitched to a marvelous 2.12 ERA in 20 starts for the Dodgers and A's this year, though blister issues and a minor groin injury limited him to just 20 starts. He is not eligible for a qualifying offer since he was traded during the season.
Source: Boston Globe
Oct 22 - 5:13 PM

Rich Hill shut out the Cubs over six innings Tuesday in the Dodgers' 6-0 NLCS Game 3 victory.

Hill was sensational, yielding just two walks and two hits -- both singles -- while striking out six. He ran into a bit of trouble in the top of the second, but the crafty left-hander was able to strand Anthony Rizzo at third base and Jorge Soler at second base with a strikeout of Addison Russell and a groundout from Miguel Montero. Joe Blanton, Grant Dayton, and closer Kenley Jansen combined to finish off the shutout. It's the first time in history the Cubs have been shut out in consecutive postseason games. Los Angeles leads 2-1 in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series.
Oct 18 - 11:30 PM

Updating an earlier report, Rich Hill will start Tuesday against the Cubs in Game 3 of the NLCS.

He'll be going on normal rest after pitching Thursday in Game 5 of the NLDS against Washington. This also puts Hill in line to start Game 7, if necessary. Hill did not pitch against the Cubs during the regular season. Clayton Kershaw will start Game 2 for the Dodgers while manager Dave Roberts has yet to announce who will pitch in Game 4.
Oct 15 - 6:07 PM

Rich Hill said he'll be available to start Tuesday against the Cubs in Game 3 of the NLCS.

Hill has been excellent when healthy but has battled blister problems all year and was lifted after only 2 2/3 innings Thursday in Game 5 of the NLDS against Washington. He made it through Saturday's bullpen session without issue, which should put him in line to start Tuesday's Game 3. "I could pitch today," said Hill. "It's all hands on deck." Hill went 0-1 with a 6.43 ERA over two starts in the Division Series.
Oct 15 - 5:39 PM

Rich Hill lasted just 2 2/3 innings in Game 5 of the NLDS against the Nationals on Thursday.

Hill was going on short rest in a do-or-die game, so he wasn’t expected to work deep into this one, but the Dodgers ideally would have gotten more from him. They ended up winning anyway. Hill threw 55 pitches while giving up three hits and two walks (one intentional). Six of his eight outs were via the strikeout.
Oct 14 - 12:57 AM

Rich Hill will start Game 5 of the NLDS on Thursday against the Nationals, the Dodgers confirmed.

Hill announced to reporters that he would be the Game 5 starter following Tuesday's Game 4 victory, and now it is official. The veteran left-hander allowed four runs on two walks and six hits over 4 1/3 innings in the Dodgers' NLDS Game 2 loss at Washington. He'll try to out-pitch Max Scherzer in Thursday night's loser-goes-home matchup at Nationals Park.
Oct 13 - 11:38 AM

Rich Hill said he will start for the Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLDS on Thursday against the Nationals.

He'll face off against right-hander Max Scherzer in the loser-goes-home tilt at Nationals Park. Hill got lit up for four runs on two walks and six hits over 4 1/3 innings in the Dodgers' loss to the Nationals in NLDS Game 2, but he was dominant in the regular season when he wasn't fighting blister issues. This will be the third career postseason start for the 36-year-old southpaw.
Oct 11 - 9:37 PM

Rich Hill struggled in a losing effort against the Nationals in Game 2 of the NLDS on Sunday, allowing four runs on six hits over 4 1/3 innings.

Hill racked up seven strikeouts on the afternoon while walking two. He kept the Nationals off the board through the first three innings but things got murky for him in the fourth. After a leadoff walk, Hill hit Danny Espinosa with two-outs, setting the stage for light-hitting catcher Jose Lobaton's game-changing three-run homer. He then allowed an RBI single to Daniel Murphy on his final pitch in the fifth. Given the scheduling for the remainder of the series, Hill is unlikely to make another start.
Oct 9 - 5:05 PM

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1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2B1Enrique Hernandez
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SS1Corey Seager
2Chris Taylor
3B1Rob Segedin
LF1Andrew Toles
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3Andre Ethier
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CF1Joc Pederson
RF1Yasiel Puig
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S1Clayton Kershaw
2Rich Hill
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4Scott Kazmir
5Julio Urias
6Brandon McCarthy
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8Hyun-Jin Ryu
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Relief Pitcher
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R1Pedro Baez
2Grant Dayton
3Josh Fields
4Alex Wood
5Josh Ravin
6Adam Liberatore
7Luis Avilan
8Chris Hatcher
9Vidal Nuno
10Yimi Garcia
11Louis Coleman
12Brock Stewart
13Carlos Frias
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