Poll: Will Blue Jays Trade Aaron Hill?

Yesterday, the Blue Jays declined to exercise their options for Aaron Hill's 2012-2014 seasons.  While they will still be able to pick up the 29-year-old's options for '12 and '13, the decision could reflect the club's uncertainty regarding Hill's long-term future in Toronto.  After churning out a .286/.330/.499 slash line with 36 homers in 2009, Hill saw his OPS drop more than 150 points and his HR total dip to 26 in 2010.

Even if the Blue Jays aren't high on Hill at the moment, one has to think that the second baseman could attract plenty of interest if he shows flashes of his old form in 2011.  After this season, Hill can be retained for $8MM in 2012 or, for $16MM, kept through 2013.  While that's not exactly chump change, it's not an exorbitant price to pay if Hill can bring a 5.4 WAR to the table like he did in '09.

Do you envision GM Alex Anthopoulos flipping Hill to another club before this season is through?


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44 Comments on "Poll: Will Blue Jays Trade Aaron Hill?"


4 years 4 months ago

The Mets need a 2B. Think there might be a match? The Mets could use another power bat and although Hill’s AVG wasn’t all that great last year he still hit 26 HR’s. Not sure what it would take to get him away from the Jays though

Guest
4 years 4 months ago

The Mets need a billion dollars even more than they need a 2B.

4 years 4 months ago

No 2B in the system. Johnny Mac/McCoy/Nix aren’t viable long-term solutions. Lawrie is at-best a 3B, probably RF. So I don’t see it.

cubs223425
4 years 4 months ago

From what I had heard, Lawrie did fairly well at seaond. Baustista has RF or 3B locked down, so I guess Lawrie COULD play the other, but if Encarnacion hits, then they don’t need Lawrie at 3B OR RF.

Finding an OF is easier than a 2B, so I think they should try Lawrie at 2B before anything else.

4 years 4 months ago

Lawrie is not going back to second, it has been well documented. Bautista is in RF from now on too. The only internal thing that I see coming if Hill gets traded is either Hech or Escobar moving to 2nd and the other staying at short.

4 years 4 months ago

Escobar certainly won’t be moved from SS anytime soon….

4 years 4 months ago

Hech won’t be in the majors anytime soon either. I don’t expect that to happen but for Hill to be traded something like that would have to happen.

4 years 4 months ago

Yeah, but if it comes to that it’s safe to say that Hech will be playing 2B. I don’t know much about his defense, but Escobar is one of the best in the game at short.

4 years 4 months ago

I would say that the Jays would rather rid themselves of Encarnacion before Hill and use Lawrie at 3B, and Hechavarria at 2B if they moved Hill. Too bad they lost Emaus.

I would loved to have seen a Jays infield that consisted of Lawrie, Hechavarria, Emaus, Cooper at some point.

BooJays33
4 years 4 months ago

that sounds terrible.

gorlak357
4 years 4 months ago

Who would replace Hill? I believe they will pick up his options after the season and really just didn’t want to have another 10 million gauranteed.

grant77
4 years 4 months ago

I see him going before 2013, but not this season. Alex is intent on building his own team with his own draftees, I don’t see many guys from the old regime sticking around for long.

4 years 4 months ago

would be prudent of Amaro to inquire.

iains
4 years 4 months ago

AA would trade his mother if he could get the right deal. If Hill isn’t going go have his options picked up AA will move him for something greater than what he would get if Hill walked.

4 years 4 months ago

LOL! first comment that I read and liked all day

cardstonrules
4 years 4 months ago

Yeah the extensions he gave to Lind, Romero and Bautista proves your point …..er I mean disproves

4 years 4 months ago

This should be an interesting vote to watch – all the Jays fans will vote No and all the fans of teams without 2B will vote Yes.

Until Hechavarria proves he can hit he’s nothing more than a John McDonald, so there’s really no reason to think the Blue Jays would even consider trading Aaron Hill.

BVHjays
4 years 4 months ago

As a Jays fan, I actually voted yes. I could see both arguments, but for some reason I’m starting to not see Hill as a core player on this team, mostly because of his questionable ability to get on base.

That said, I can also see the Jays picking up the options, and then being open to trading him in the offseason.

muskyfish
4 years 4 months ago

The Phils have young talent up to their ears and a possible need if they want to win it all. Phils could also make it also work long-term with Utley or Hill going to third. If AA wants to get really creative, what if he dealt Hill for Reyes? If Toronto is still in it, they would improve their club for the stretch run, and likely just let Reyes walk after the season (should get two high picks for him). On the other hand, AA has shown to be aggressive with below-cost extensions…. might be a chance to lock up Reyes for a little bit if they choose.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 4 months ago

locking up reyes is not below-cost extension

muskyfish
4 years 4 months ago

relatively speaking

4 years 4 months ago

Trust me when i tell u, AA will get more than just a player who will walk and give him “only” two first round draft picks

4 years 4 months ago

Reyes for Hill might be the worst idea I have heard on this board, and there have been many. It doesn’t make sense for either sides and especially the 2 draft pick idea is terrible considering you could keep Hill for 2 more years which will help the team out a lot more with no apparent 2nd baseman stepping up.

Tko11
4 years 4 months ago

Not a fan of Hill but seems like the Phillies would be a great fit at least from Philly’s stand point. It would add a righty bat with 20 homerun power, obviously it doesn’t replace Utley’s production but it would give them better production than a guy like Valdez. Not sure what the Jays would want for him though.

4 years 4 months ago

The problem with the Phillies is that they don’t know how long Utley will be out. The Jays have no need to trade Hill and no immediate successor at 2B, so they’d have to get a good return to move him. The Phillies wouldn’t want to give up much since they might end up just sticking Hill on the bench if Utley returns sooner than expected.

LioneeR
4 years 4 months ago

It has been said many times over that the Phillies are basically tapped out on the budget. I see no way that they are going to be able Hill’s contract.

cubs223425
4 years 4 months ago

The Cubs will take him. You can have DeWitt AND Baker!

4 years 4 months ago

How about….

Hill to MLBTR for “Free_AEC” with his parents picking up his future allowance? Blue Jays get an unreasonable fan who will give you 4,000-5,000 ‘Longoria to Jays’ comments and MLBTR gets to run a little bit smoother….

Sniderlover
4 years 4 months ago

Right now? Absolutely not. Maybe next season or the one after you consider it if there is someone that can replace Hill but right now, it shouldn’t be a consideration.

4 years 4 months ago

never in 1,000,000 years will Alex trade Aaron. Simply put, AA took the Jays off the hook in 2014 by not extending the term. Hill can still be renewed between now and the end of the season for 12,13. It was a wise business move. If Hill proves he’s worth a contract in 2014, then good for him, maybe good for Jays. If he sucks, or is chronically hurt, good for Jays.

4 years 4 months ago

IF the Jays are out of the race at the deadline and AA can get a package that will help the Jays long term it could happen. If Hill has another year like 09 then 8 milllion for the next 2 is a steal. IF he hits .210 then he can walk. TO sum it up AA has options.

4 years 4 months ago

AA is not looking to trade hill, but If the right deal was in place I dont see why he or any GM wouldn’t!

nick1538
4 years 4 months ago

I can’t see why the Blue Jays would trade away a very solid 2B entering the prime of his career and can be had at an afforable rate (16 million for 2012 and 2013). His defense seems solid and although he had a down year in batting average, his BABIP was ridiculously low (.196). He should bounce back this year and post a respectable average around .270, while hitting 20+ HR.

coolstorybro222
4 years 4 months ago

I think it’s a dumb move. Batista cannot carry the team all the time.