According to Jeff Passan, the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a deal with 43-year-old left-handed pitcher Rich Hill. The deal, which is still pending physical, is for one year at $8,000,000.
Left-hander Rich Hill and the Pittsburgh Pirates are in agreement on a one-year, $8 million contract, pending physical, sources tell ESPN. Hill, who turns 43 in March, is entering his 19th big league season after making 26 starts and throwing 124.1 innings for Boston this year.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 27, 2022
Hill has played 18 seasons in the majors, seeing time with 11 different teams. He had a 4.27 ERA, 3.92 FIP, a 1.30 WHIP and 109 strikeouts in 124.1 innings in 26 starts during the 2022 season with the Boston Red Sox.
He went 7-8, 3.86 in 32 games (31 starts) in 2021, putting up a 4.34 FIP, a 1.21 WHIP and 150 strikeouts in 158.1 innings.
In his career he has an 82-59, 3.85 record, a 3.98 FIP, a 1.23 WHIP and 1,294 strikeouts in 1,259 innings. He has made 221 starts and 129 relief appearances, though he’s been a starter for the last eight seasons.
The Pirates have said recently that they were looking to add a starting pitcher and Hill fits the bill as a solid starter to add to the rotation, which was all right-handed pitchers until now. He’s not a workhorse by any means, as those inning totals would indicate, but he’s been reliable to consistent.
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