12:10pm: Chris Cotillo of MassLive reports that the Angels and Rangers have also shown interest in Hill this off-season. Texas has been active in the starting pitcher market already, landing Jacob deGrom on a five-year, $185MM deal, Andrew Heaney on a two-year, $25MM deal, bringing back Martin Perez via the qualifying offer and trading for Jake Odorizzi. With that quartet joining Jon Gray, there’s not an obvious rotation fit for Hill there, but it’s entirely possible their interest in the veteran came prior to their free agent signings.
The Angels have added Tyler Anderson on a three-year, $39MM deal to a rotation led by Shohei Ohtani. Left-handers Patrick Sandoval, Reid Detmers and Jose Suarez round out a typical five-man rotation, and all three have shown plenty of promise. Yet the Angels have tended to go with a six-man rotation to manage Ohtani’s workload, and while they’ve said they’ll be a bit more aggressive with Ohtani’s workload in 2023, adding a veteran arm certainly makes sense for the Halos.
8:34am: The Orioles are showing interest in free agent starter Rich Hill, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI. The team has already signed right-hander Kyle Gibson to a one-year, $10MM deal this off-season, but has long been rumored to be in the market for multiple veteran starters to bolster their rotation.
Hill, 42, played out last season on a one-year, $5MM (with $3MM more in incentives available) deal with the Red Sox – the seventh contract the Massachusetts local had signed with the team. The left-hander made 26 starts, tossing 124 1/3 innings of 4.27 ERA ball. He did miss some time with a left knee strain, but on the whole kept his strikeout and walk rates in line with a year earlier (below average strikeout rate, above average walk rate). A year prior, Hill threw 154 1/3 innings of 3.86 ERA ball between time with the Rays and Mets, so while there’s a natural durability risk with a 42-year-old pitcher, Hill has made 57 starts over the past two seasons.
The veteran’s career has been something of a journey, spanning 18 years and 11 different teams. He originally debuted with the Cubs back in 2005, and spent the next ten seasons moving around the big leagues a bit, initially working as a starter before moving to the bullpen. A four-start, 1.55 ERA stint with the Red Sox in late in 2015 propelled a late-career resurgence for Hill, and he turned that into a one-year deal to pitch out of Oakland’s rotation.
Hill would turn in 14 starts of 2.25 ERA ball for the A’s in 2016, striking out batters at a 28.9% clip. He’d continue his front-of-the-rotation form even after a trade to the Dodgers, working to a 1.83 ERA over six starts down the stretch in LA. With a strong full season of work under his belt, LA opted to bring Hill back on a three-year, $48MM deal starting in 2017. It’d prove a wise move, as Hill would wind up making 68 starts of 3.16 ERA during his time with the Dodgers.
Things have dropped off a little in recent years for Hill, with his strikeout rate down almost 10% from 2019. Nonetheless, he still remains a solid back-of-the-rotation veteran arm. That holds plenty of appeal for the Orioles, who came into the off-season looking for rotation help. Jordan Lyles was the only pitcher to top 23 starts in 2022, but was bought out of an $11MM option and is a free agent.
As things stand, the Orioles’ rotation currently projects to include Kyle Gibson, Dean Kremer, Kyle Bradish, Tyler Wells and top pitching prospect Grayson Rodriguez. Outside of Gibson, Wells’ two years of service time makes him the most senior in that group, while Rodriguez – as good as he projects to be – is yet to pitch in the big leagues, so the addition of a veteran arm certainly makes sense.
Baltimore is one of the 11 teams Hill has appeared for in the past, making 13 starts for the team back in 2009. That particular stint didn’t go so well, as Hill worked to a 7.80 ERA across 57 2/3 innings and wouldn’t make another big league start until turning his career around in Boston in 2015.
Hill was earlier linked to a return to Boston this winter, as he described a “mutual interest” between the two sides in working on an eighth contract there. This interest from Baltimore presents as Hill’s first reported alternative this winter.
Where’s the token ‘red sox have interest’ article?
They published that one on October 20th believe it or not.
Fever Pitch Guy
Bill – I’d rather give a prospect the roster spot than Hill.
I’d be fine with him on the roster in a limited role, but we all know he would be nothing more than a cheap substitute in the starting rotation … until he gets hurt again, which we all know he will because he’s a gazillion years old.
I’d rather have Lyles back
They have few-to-no prospects.
You just wrote it.
I was waiting for “the Mets are looking for another 40+ year old pitcher…”
Journeyman Rich Hill and his slop bucket of sliders.
And Dylan Bundy weaps.
He throws a curve ball, still one of the best in the league.
This guy can pitch to a sub 4.0 ERA at 42, I don’t know why Boston hasn’t signed him yet, their rotation is full of holes. They should sign Hamels too, and Grienke, that would be a nice rotation with Sale and Pivetta.
It should be a no-brainer for the RS. But this could be on Hill deciding on whether he wants to pitch a full season, half-season, or not at all.
Is it possible that Bloom recognizes that Hill is a barely twice through the line-up, 4.7 inning per start (average) guy who will tax his bullpen and gas his relievers, which is currently a strength, before the All Star break even happens….maybe he sees him for what he is….. even with a rotation that has holes…..why take up space with this dumpster dive……even a young, rookie pitcher would be a better move.
I remember Alex Cora pulling Rich Hill from what was either a no hitter or a one hit shutout after five innings last year, against Ohtani no less, the Red Sox bullpen went out and gave up eight runs.
Five innings of one hit ball is nice, he should of been pitched the sixth, he can still give you a quality start.
Still in talks
With the season the Orioles had, I thought the front office would of made at least one big signing.
I guess that Chris Davis contract spooked them from signing mega contracts.
Why would anyone of note sign w Baltimore? Mullins should be the investment
Because money talks. If the Orioles were matching/exceeding contract offers, one or two FAs would have signed.
Also, Gunnar should be locked up long-term. Not Mullins.
Why does it feel like this guy has pitching for like 18 years?!?!
Oh. Oh yeah.
Why not, at $2 mil plus another $1 mil in incentives. He was pretty solid last season.
Even at a possible $3 million my cheapskate Pirates aren’t interested
Oh, I don’t want him on the Pirates. I’m saying for the O’s since they seem to be interested.
I really don’t want him on the Bucs either I was just making a point of how cheap they are. To sign any free agent pitcher for $3 million is beyond what they’re willing to pay
Carlos Santana would like a word.
I noticed, you seem to like to spout a lot of obvious false “facts”. While we may share a hatred of human garbage Nutting, I dont let it cloud the facts. You do.
The Pirates payroll is projected to be $54 million in 2023
I don’t spew nonsense, I speak facts
They’re cheap. That’s also a fact and so you’re aware of them, Nutting bought out the group of investors in 2007, making him the sole owner
Sorry that you can’t handle the truth, Clepto
Buuba ho tep
I agree with you clepto
If you want to be wrong about who owns the Pirates, feel free. But, you are 100% wrong.
Here…let me help you out of your idiocy: try listening the DK Daily Shot of Pirates Podcast. Maybe go back about 3 weeks and listen to how the ownership group is stuctured. Maybe, instead of listening to the fat loser “shock jock” on 105.9, you actually think about the info you take in, and where its sourced.
Side note #1: you claim you state facts. Maybe you back to your first stupid statement, and then look up Carlos Santana. Takes 3 minutes. Trust me.
Side Note #2(for education)….when you see the term “Principal Owner”, that means there are other owners involved, my low-browed friend.
Had enough education for one day???
I don’t think TheMan3 doesn’t need me to defend him but your commentary is so full of self indulgent blather that it’s almost funny. Almost
First off, I certainly don’t need the bile and hatred of Mark Madden to form my opinions, nor do I need the views of Dejan Kovacevic. Having watched the Pirates since the Forbes Field era, having played and coached/managed, I would submit the aforementioned could learn a great deal about the game from the old timers you apparently have disdain for, rather than contemplating their next “hard-hitting” commentaries
Secondly, having read his comments for months, I’m positive TheMan3 was writing in generalities. Perhaps if you took the time to read his thoughts instead of impulsively deciding that a character assassination was in order, you’d have known this
Thirdly, I’m just as sure he understands the ownership structure of the Pirates, just as he does the Steelers or Penguins. Like those two, there is an individual who is known as “The” face of ownership, the individual who is the primary decision maker
I find it ironic that you’d use the term “low browed” after such a ridiculous, sophomoric posting.
What I don’t understand is how a respected poster here like @MendozaLine took the time to compliment and thank such an arrogant little pr*ck like you yesterday
But keep up with the info you glean from DK. About as reliable as what you’d find on the men’s room wall
Pardon my first line. “I don’t think TheMan3 needs me to defend him”
it’s called google, Clepto. Try using a for something other than searching for nursery rhymes
Nutting bought out the investor group in 2007 and is the sole owner
And signing Carlos Santana to $6.75 million doesn’t make him generous either. If he was, Brian Reynolds wouldn’t be asking for a trade due to management’s refusal to pay for a substantial increase in his salary
I don’t listen to local radio, plus, only Sirius and even then only for music
And please don’t use the phrase “ trust me “ while addressing me. You haven’t earned that right
My first introduction to Clepto’s style of prose came via another thread, as YankeeClipper and Trumbo had to hold their noses in responding to his “facts” and attacks. Like I said, it’s almost funny.
Well, Mr Get Off My Lawn, maybe you ought to scroll a little further. Your low brow friend continues to state he is the sole owner. I guess you cant fix stupid.
As for you, if you are rounded and seasoned, as so you claim, its rather sad what you do not know or what you are parsing off as not worthy of hearing, processing, or evaluating on your own. Must be nice to be the single ultimate know-it-all after all these years. Congratulations.
Or I could be a clown like you, who pounces on others with incomplete or misunderstood factoids. You’re a legend in your own mind and your act is apparently well known by others here
But I could expect nothing less from someone who relies on sports talk/blog personalities for his information. You see, that’s not learning. It’s simply passing around mistruths bent to your liking.
Run along, son. You’re embarrassing yourself
does the word “ google “ need spelled out for you?
G O O G L E
I hope that helps
You mean they aren’t interested in another $3 mil pitcher after signing Velasquez? I think with Keller, Contreras, Velasquez, Brubaker, Oviedo, & Ortiz, the Bucs are set on starters. I wouldn’t be shocked if BC signed another one, but I’m anxious to see what this group does. Not to mention that Priester and Burrows are close – maybe 2023 arrivals.
They still need to sign a catcher to supplement Heineman until Endy is ready
Probably sign Roberto Perez until he gets injured catching in his 30th game of the season then it’s the dynamic duo of Heineman and Delay
I don’t want to tramp any further on an O’s thread but you bring up a point that correlates well to both the O’s and Pirates—-a plethora of young guys both at the MLB and high minors level
You mentioned pitching. It’s there in the middle infield, as well
Going to be interesting to see how this all sorts out for these teams in the next couple seasons
The O’s have seemingly already sorted a great deal out and are contending
I hope everyone is right about Endy, Burrows Priester and others that are close to being promoted
My fear is the current coaching staff ruining the potential of these guys
Shelton couldn’t conjure a correct lineup even if someone guided him and Haines is such a horrible hitting coach, Cruz brought his personal coach to help him with his swing.
I also think the jury is still out on Oscar Moran. Of the entire pitching staff, only Keller seems to have righted himself
Buuba ho tep
Why would the pirates sign a 42 year old journeyman. If this is the kind of signing that you want Nutting to make…it’s ludicrous to even think it….rebuild with the young guys
apparently you suffer from reading comprehension, Buuba, I never advocated signing Hill.
I don’t understand the O’s. You have all this young talent and were in the thick of the race last year, but instead of going for an ace, they “have interest” in over-the-hill types like this guy and Cueto.
Nice human interest story that may get a couple wins for you but not the answer
They’re doing the right thing.
Last year they had a payroll of $45. Now because they broke through they’re supposed to spend $25-30m for the first year of an “Ace”? That’s what Epstein’s Cubs did.
The O’s want to be in contention for at least 5 years (who knows what will happen in the playoffs). Those young players they have are going to be paid far more money in the next few years. Having one or two bad long-term contracts on the books means they lose players they want to keep due to their small market budget. The object is to keep the team together. Throwing money at a guy like Rodon or Verlander at this point (who else was out there?) is just dumb. One guy pitching 175 innings out of 1,400 doesn’t make a team. In the meantime they can develop their own ace – of which they have a few very good possibilities.
What they need out of a veteran starter now is to eat innings and continue what Lyles did last year – be a role model for the young pitchers.
If in a few years the Pirates get to the point the O’s are at today, they’ll do the same thing.
This was all mapped when Mark Elias was hired. The O’s are actually a year ahead of schedule in their rebuild. Again, the goal is to be a sustainable contender for at least 5 years. Mark Elias came over from the Astros. He’s doing exactly what they did in their rebuild – and unlike the Cubs that shot their wad in 2 years (by overpaying for free agents that fizzled out almost immediately), the Astros won in their 8th straight year of contention last year, and will be a contender again this year.
Who’s mark elias?
I keep confusing his name with the big short Democrat party guy.
What people on here are advocating for is exactly what the White Sox did, and the Jays are year or two behind them doing – develop a bunch of youngsters. As soon as they start playing in the majors go all out paying retail for free agents to “fill holes”. The team looks like a contender, but peaks. Each year they throw more money at more free agents or take on salary in trade to fill this years “holes”. The fans love it because “they’re trying to win”; they’re “going for it”. Their payroll keeps going up and up….. but the team doesn’t get any better. A young well-built team comes along and hops ahead of them….then more teams do. The team slides down to the middle of the pack. The fans get mad, indignant and point fingers. Some managers and coaches get fired.
MLB is a young mans game. Teams that succeed in being sustainable contenders do it by constantly infusing their roster with young talent and letting some of the older guys that have hit their peak go…..even if they can still produce.
The O’s only have 1 real shot at An ace and that’s that G-Rod.
Hall has upside but the control has never been there for an ace. At some point—pitching needs to come in. We don’t spend the draft capital on it.
He calls himself Mike Elias and they call themselves the Democratic Party. Should you call people what they call themselves and show proper respect? Or should people call you Shittuel,because that’s how they feel about you?
When you have interest in Carlos Rodon – and sign Rich Hill. Goals.
If the Yankees wanted Hill, they wouldn’t have gotten him either. If that’s any consolation ..
They never said they had interest in Rodon.
The Media and guy like you that post on chatroom boards did.
@Samuel – I don’t know where I ever got that idea: https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/12/orioles-among-8-9-teams-interested-in-carlos-rodon.html
I don’t exactly think Jon Heyman is an authoritarian, but any team that had a competitive 2022 team, plenty of payroll space in ’23 and a need in the rotation not consider one of the top available arms, would be a team hoping to increase their lottery chances.
MLBTR reports rumors. So? A guy writes that 8-9 teams are interested in a player and MLBTR blows that out to focus on one. Do you have an ounce of critical thinking? There’s no there there.
That doesn’t make it something a FO is to be held to.
Rodon signed with a team and 10 teams fans are upset at their FO because they didn’t sign him. This is childish.
You cited their payroll space and Rodon. Do you know what their payroll in 2023 will be without him due to raises for players? Did you see what he got? Do you realize that signing him for one year would have caused them to have to get rid of some of their current players to stay within the budget? You’re on here all the time. Didn’t you know that Scott Boras wasn’t looking for a one year contract for him? He wanted 6-8 years. It was written in a dozen of articles. IF the O’s had signed him not only would they be over budget in 2023, but they’d be on the hook for multiple years after – so it wasn’t about their having payroll space in 2023.
You’re a Braves fan. Were you one of the guys that was posting here in 2020 when the Braves elected to let John Donaldson go in free agency and played Phillip Rivers at 3B instead….in spite of the fact that the youngster wasn’t hitting? Lots of Braves fans on here were upset. Imagine if AA had given Donaldson the contract the Twins gave him. LOL That was a pivotal decision in what became extremely successful organization.
LOL — I have no idea who John Donaldson or why Phillip Rivers as anything to do with the Braves, but carry on. I want to see how many more names you can get wrong and see if I can get you to bring Kevin Bacon into the convo.
Yes, I get names wrong sometimes. Apparently you know who I was talking about.
I’m a bit old to be putting up with petty posters that just play gotcha and specialize in being Internet ankle biters because they’re incapable of understanding basic issues that face MLB FO people, managers, players and owners.
Since you have nothing of value to add other than potshots, you won’t be missed.
And LOL to you, kid.
Seriously, I’ve got to know about Phillip Rivers.
Ugh. 16 career WAR in 18 seasons. You’re 42 bro. It’s time to hang them up and spend time with your family and/or friends.
He must really love baseball though. Which I really respect. Oh yeah, and there’s that fact that he’s still capable of making 5 million dollars in one year. More than I’ll likely make for the rest of my life. Keep doing what you’re doing Rich!
He said he wanted to play 1 or 2 more seasons.
Rich Hill is a good capable extra arm. Last year, he pitched 124 innings with a 3.92 FIP. While not a Rodon, he is a nice compliment to a young staff. Clearly, he’s learned how to pitch during his post-prime years. There’s no reason to think he’s suddenly going to fall off the map.
“16 career WAR in 18 seasons” Sounds like you’re looking for negative, dug all the way back to 2009 and found it. How relevant are those negative WAR years from early in his career? How about 14 WAR during the past 8 years. Or, even more relevant 2.5 WAR the past 2 years.
Seems like you did more digging than me man lol. I appreciate that though. WAR comes right up when you look up someone on baseball reference. One of the first stats you see right by the bio.
But anyways I agree with everything you said about the player. If you read my whole post, the first piece is my raw initial reaction. Which yes, is fair to say was negative. Followed by my conclusion, which is that he must love playing the game and good for him I’d keep doing it too. Which is positive.
Sorry if I came across harsh. I missed the second paragraph. Ive followed Rich Hill over the years. Better pitcher recently, than his career stats show. Which is usually opposite for someone his age.
Outside of this year, at 44, Tom Brady was still very effective and he gets slammed to the ground whereas Rich Hill doesn’t
Age doesn’t matter anymore as long as the athlete is still effective
DeGrom Texas Ranger
He eats a lot of innings and not a lot of money. Even with the absurd contracts thus year, it seems he hasn’t made much money recently with better performance. Texas could also use him in the BP and as a swing starter. He may be cheap (less than 5 million maybe).
Ziggy the Super Computer worked around the Clock to bring us Rich Thrill Hill
The Orioles radically changed Camden Yards, by moving the LF wall a ton.
It was to attract better pitchers.
…does that mean they’ll put the wall back if they can’t get a SP worth a two year deal??
Mike Mussina won a Cy Young in Camden Yards w/ the “regular” wall.
Mussina never won the Cy Young Award…
Nope. Top 5 finishes six times, however
Uh, memory not serving me well this morning. Dunno how I messed that up, good looking out.
all in the suit that you wear
The LF wall may attract pitchers. Does it drive away hitters?
Non-lefty hitters, I suppose.
I hope they do not put the wall back. The park is a lot more fun now.
(Also, it would cost too much money to put the wall back, so it’s not going to happen.)
Yeah, that wall is now a feature for a long while.
Mixed feelings on it. Camden has had a lot of Post Season teams play in the Yard, so I’m not sure about it affecting “performance”. Changing the “perseption” of SP FA’s that it’s a tight little band box, sure, I can see that. Now, I’d like to see a top notch SP sign to match the reasoning behind why it was done. (and yeah, it could still happen next year etc. And yeah, it sure helps development of O’s pitchers (but there aren’t many of those in the system)
Is Dan Duquette still the GM with the O’s? This is definately a DD move.
Fever Pitch Guy
smith – Why do you say that? Duquette is the guy directly responsible for acquiring two of the greatest players in MLB history, and indirectly a third. The 2004 team was mostly built by Duquette, and it was loaded with stars. Nomar, Damon, Varitek, Lowe, Youk.
The Orioles have Gibson, Wells, Bradish, Kremer, GRod, Hall, Voth, Watkins, Zimmerman, even Matt Harvey is around someplace, with Means on his way back. Hill isn’t all that much better than what they have. I could see Eovaldi or Wacha, but thats about it.
Tend to agree.
I saw all those guys pitch last year (forget Matt Harvey), and while injuries happen they need to pitch major league innings in 2023 to continue to progress (or wash out).
The O’s are best holding onto their money at this point. If they’re in the mix in 2023 – and I believe they will be – they can acquire a quality starter from a team out of contention for some of their prospect overload, and only be responsible for his remining salary.
The thing is this – the media takes made-up gossip and runs with it. A year or two ago they wrote, “The O’s are listening to offers on Cedric Mullins”. There was never any truth to that.
Why are Watkins and Zimmerman even mentioned? And Matt Harvey is no longer in the organization.
Jamie Moyer version 2.0
That’s a great comparison!
Rich Hill can go four or five innings that’s it. Why would we want that. I’d rather have nothing than have him.
Nothing for the first five innings could really speed up the game. Rob Manfred is taking notes.
hes a back up as a 6th starter better option than spencer watkins.not much to loose with giving him a shot
They lose a controlled young Spencer Watkins that doesn’t develop (and he made great progress in 2022).
He always owns us so it would almost be worth just to not have to face him anymore lol.
He may be more of an opener SP at this stage in his career, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing as long as you have a multi inning guy that can take over for him.
They’re only interested because he’s cheap, come on spend a little bit of that money.
Still a fun story. I like knowing Rich Hill is still out there making a MLB career from age-35 forward, but not sure I’d want him on my team. One day, the bottom will fall out.
I want him back in Boston. There’s only one lefty sure to be in the pen, with two enormous question marks also in the mix and on the 40-man. There’s injury or starter workload questions with four-fifths of their projected rotation. It’s pretty easy to see Hill plugging holes in the dam all year long, and ending up with 100-120 fairly good innings.
Angels should sign him as their #6 starter/swingman. His infinity ERA as an Angel has always bothered me.
Got a feeling too Orange..
I want Greinke though!
Greinke or Hill could serve the same role #6 starting pitcher / swingman but will be limited to 5 innings. I wouldn’t pay either more than $3M guaranteed, plus incentives, of course.
Damn I remember being excited when the O’s got him back in ‘09 and then even more surprised when he got good again. He’s a bridge starter to the young guys but could give a few good starts. I wish we got some big name guys but I’ve learned to not get my hopes up for the O’s to sign big guys.
I guess this isn’t THE YEAR that the O’s are going for it.
Rich “Over the” Hill.
Sure, why not?
1 year/$4M w/ a $4M buyout on a $4M option, w/ $4M in incentives in both possible seasons of the contract.
Baltimore has interest in the most washed up players and pitchers.. their not the pirates – their not the angels, they were competing all year for a wild card spot and these are the players that they’re interested in?
Yeah cause Baltimore has had great success signing free agent pitchers lately. What was their last b8g contract to a starter worth anything? Ubaldo Jimenez?
As an Angels fan, no fn way-stay far away from this relic, not reliable, can’t stay healthy, let someone else buy this ticket to the DL
I thought the Angels should have signed Whacha and Hill last season like Boston. Could of had them both at 16 million. Instead we gave Syndagard 20 million and flipped him only for Moniak. Terrible. Wacha pitched himself out of the Angels talks now. I would def take 25 starts from Hill at 5 mill or so. That would be a steal! May just got 7 million for a 5.08 era and Peirce got 5 with a 5+ era and 30 innings. Anyone who would think this would be a bad sign is la la lame.
Unless angels are going to then trade a lefty SP for a SS this idea doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.
This is a non article if Hill is true to his word he said in an interview he is strongly considering not signing until mid season. This accomplishes 2 things one he can sign with a legit contender and saves his arm he only has so many pitches left in it. Maybe someone will offer him enough money to pitch a full year but waiting makes a lot of sense for him.
He should team up w Cueto. Get em both to report 6/1 and be ready for a light July load.
Hilarious that Dick Mountain nickname is noted in baseball reference.
I see this header regarding Rich Hill and immediately think as a coach or front office spot. These teams don’t have a prospect to slot right in there instead?
Angels fan 75
Not sure the Angels need another lefty in the starting rotation.
Since he’s already played for Baltimore and the Angles, he should sign with the Rangers to add another Hill jersey to his man cave for the wow factor.
The O’s are going to ride Dick Mountain !
Thought people climbed mountains.
Looks like a rotation of 5 guys who wont even come close to 200 innings and 30 starts a piece on average. I see a clear need for another starter.
DeGrom Texas Ranger
It turns out the Rangers were interested. Great news! They said they would add 3 starters, and they did, but two of those are 1 year or 1 with an opt-out. They need a controllable guy. Obviously, Hill isn’t that guy, but he can be a bp guy too. Likely cheap
The next Jamie Moyer? Angels actually had Hill in their clutches in 2014, but in appearances he gave up runs without recording an out, so he had an infinite ERA. If they got him again, I would imagine he’d take on their sixth starter/swing man role.
Considering his age, he’d probably slot into their sixth starter role, and then will move to the bullpen whenever there’s an off day in the middle of the rotation. That’s why they’ve also been linked to Seth Lugo.
Seems like the O’s should have made bigger moves this off-season. Maybe they still will on the trade market.
Heyman’s an idiot.
Please stop listening to him, MLBTR.
I wish I could say his first stint with the O’s was forgettable, but it was so bad its hard to forget. From what his recent track record shows however, he is a different pitcher than he was then, and Camden Yards is also a different ballpark than it use to be. He could certainly be of use to the O’s as a back of the rotation starter that gets flexed to long relief or a bullpen game if/when the young arms force their hand. Not a bad gamble depending on the price in my opinion.
A reverse mortgage company has also shown interest in Rich Hill. They need a celebrity senior to replace Mike Ditka in their commercials.
Wacha maybe, Hill no thanks.