Rich Hill is returning to Boston. The soon to be 42 year old lefty and Milton High graduate is about to embark on his eighteenth season in the Big Leagues. Alex Speier of the Boston Globe had the story first.
Rich Hill has signed with the Red Sox in:
— Boston Strong (@BostonStrong_34) December 2, 2021
Still Getting it Done
Hill started the 2021 season with Tampa Bay and was dealt to the New York Mets just before the July 31st trade deadline. The southpaw tallied 158 2/3 frames over 32 appearances (31 starts), 63 ⅓ of them for a Mets team that was imploding before he got there. His 158 innings were a top 50 total league-wide. He did so with roughly average strikeout and walk numbers and posted a 3.84 ERA while in Flushing. And a 3.86 on the season.
I think bringing back Rich Hill is a solid move by the #RedSox.
By no means the most exciting name, but he’ll be able to give you mid-rotation innings and the production isn’t far from a name like Matz.
— Tyler Milliken (@tylermilliken_) December 2, 2021
Hill Joins: Michael Wacha one year 7 Million and rehab-ridden James Paxton, one year 10 Million with a two year club option, to battle for spots in the starting rotation with Chris Sale, Nathan Eovaldi and Nick Pivetta, Tanner Houck and Garrett Whitlock. Chaim Blooms toss it against the wall and see what sticks method of rotation building.
Major league source confirms report by @chad_dey and @JeffPassan that the Red Sox and LHP James Paxton are in agreement, pending a physical, on a deal. Deal is for one year, $10M with a two-year option. Paxton pitched 1 1/3 IP for Seattle in 2021 before Tommy John surgery.
— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) December 1, 2021
Now Don’t misconstrue my lack of joyousness for a dislike of Rich Hill. I was just asking for a Different Met Nothing could be further from the truth. Hill is one of us, a blue collar guy who knows how to handle the big stage of Fenway park. I just thought the plan was to get under the Tax threshold and bring in a Top of the rotation arm. Or Arms. I guess Bloom and Kennedy weren’t trying to bluff other MLB clubs with their ( Stick to the Plan ) message. With the CBA set to expire. Don’t count on much more getting done before midnight tonight.
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