ESPN Radio’s Bruce Levine wrote yesterday that the Cubs are weighing offers for lefty Rich Hill, who is out of options. Hill, 29 in March, is clearly a change of scenery guy. He did fine big league work in 2006-07, but lost his feel for pitching in 2008. Teams hoping for a Cliff Lee-type renaissance are sure to inquire.
I don’t have the scoop on those teams, but it’s safe to say that Hill needs a smaller market and a team that can tolerate his peaks and valleys without demoting him. My guess at the six candidates to acquire Hill: the Royals, Mariners, Padres, Pirates, Marlins, and Orioles.