The Oakland Athletics have signed lefthanded pitcher Rich Hill to a one-year, $6 million contract.
He was playing in the independent Atlantic League when he signed with the Red Sox in August. He made four starts with Boston to close out the 2015 season, recording a 1.55 ERA with 36 strikeouts and only five walks.
Passan reports Hill’s major league comeback was so impressive it prompted multiple teams to offer him contracts similar to the one he signed with the A’s. Hill reportedly opted for Oakland despite offers of more money elsewhere because the Athletics will likely give him a spot in their starting rotation.
Hill has a 4.54 career ERA over 500 innings with a 26–23 record. His contract is reportedly pending a physical.
- Erin Flynn