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Dodgers bring back free-agent pitcher Rich Hill on three-year deal

Dodgers bring back free-agent pitcher Rich Hill on three-year deal

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers have signed free-agent pitcher Rich Hill to a three-year contract after he went 3-2 with a 1.83 ERA in six starts with the team he joined at the trade deadline.

The deal is worth $48 million according to multiple national reports.

The 36-year-old left-hander was acquired in a five-player trade with Oakland on Aug. 1. Hill was 1-1 with a 3.46 ERA in three postseason starts for the NL West champion Dodgers, including tossing six scoreless innings to win Game 3 of the NL Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.

Hill was 12-5 with a 2.12 ERA in 20 starts for the Dodgers and A's last season. His ERA was second-best in the majors behind Dodgers teammate Clayton Kershaw's 1.69.

Hill was limited at times by a finger blister and a groin injury.

He has a 38-28 career record with a 4.10 ERA in 221 games in 12 major league season with the Cubs, Orioles, Red Sox, Indians, Angels, Yankees, A's and Dodgers.

Giants part ways with first player Farhan Zaidi added to roster

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Giants part ways with first player Farhan Zaidi added to roster

SAN FRANCISCO — The first player Farhan Zaidi ever added to the Giants roster is no longer on the roster. 

To clear a spot on their 40-man roster for Drew Pomeranz, the Giants on Wednesday designated Mike Gerber for assignment. Gerber, a 26-year-old outfielder, was claimed from the Detroit Tigers on the first day of the Winter Meetings in December.

Pomeranz signed a one-year deal on Wednesday. 

Gerber looked headed for plenty of spring training time in an outfield that is lacking big-league talent. When the Giants picked him up, they talked up his minor league track record and the fact that Gerber can play all three outfield spots. 

The move leaves the Giants with just five outfielders on their 40-man roster, including one — Rule 5 pick Drew Ferguson — who was added three days after Gerber and outlasted him. None of them have been regular starters in the big leagues, although Steven Duggar is expected to be that guy in center field this season.

Currently, Austin Slater leads Giants outfielders in career plate appearances, and he’s at just 352. 

Zaidi has said repeatedly that he expects to add at least two outfielders to the mix before the season, perhaps guys who fit the short-term mold displayed by the Pomeranz signing. 

Source: Giants signing veteran free-agent pitcher Drew Pomeranz

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Source: Giants signing veteran free-agent pitcher Drew Pomeranz

SAN FRANCISCO — Farhan Zaidi is a step closer to building the deep rotation he wanted. 

The Giants on Wednesday signed veteran left-hander Drew Pomeranz, adding another starter and increasing the possibility that either Dereck Rodriguez or Andrew Suarez, or both, can be slow-played early in the season.

The deal was first reported by KNBR, and according to The Athletic, Pomeranz will earn $1.5 million with incentives that can take it to $5 million. 

Pomeranz, 30, gives the Giants another option as they look to increase their rotation depth. Zaidi said at the Winter Meetings that in an ideal world, his young starters — Rodriguez, Suarez, Chris Stratton — could start the 2019 season in the minors or bullpen and ease into the season.

Pomeranz, in theory, joins Madison Bumgarner, Derek Holland and Jeff Samardzija as veterans in the rotation. 

The lefty had a brutal 2018 season in Boston but has a track record of big league success. Pomeranz had a 2.47 ERA in 17 starts with the Padres in 2016 before a trade to the Red Sox. He went 17-6 with a 3.32 ERA in 2017 but had a 6.08 ERA last season, losing his rotation spot. 

Pomeranz also spent two seasons in Oakland, where he briefly crossed paths with Zaidi. 

In a corresponding move, the Giants designated outfielder Mike Gerber for assignment to make room for Pomeranz on the 40-man roster.