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?