Athletics

Athletics

The A's pulled off their first significant move of the offseason Tuesday by agreeing to terms with left-hander Rich Hill on a one-year $6 million contract, pending a physical, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to CSN California.

Hill, an 11-year veteran who turns 36 in March, presumably will slot right into the rotation, adding a needed veteran to a staff that has two young starters coming off season-ending injuries in 2015.

Hill isn't a big-name addition that generates buzz in this deep and talented free agent pitching market. Rather, he's a veteran journeyman who adds depth and, the A's hope, a consistent presence in the middle-to back of the rotation.

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Hill is 26-23 with a 4.54 ERA in 201 games (74 starts) over a career that's been spent with seven different organizations. However, he was excellent last season in his only four big league appearances, all with Boston. Hill went 2-1 with a 1.55 ERA in four starts, including a shutout.

He'll likely slot into a rotation that features ace Sonny Gray, Jesse Hahn, Kendall Graveman and perhaps Chris Bassitt. Hahn and Graveman missed large chunks of 2015 with season-ending injuries.

Right-hander Jesse Chavez -- who could help a team starting or relieving  -- is generating trade interest, according to Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan. It makes sense the A's could consider dealing him given Hill's addition. 

 

Robert Murray of Baseball Essential was first to report that the A's had come to an agreement with Hill.