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New York Yankees Sign LHP Rich Hill to Minor League Deal; Assigned to Triple-A

July 17th, 2014 at 8:11 PM
By Michael Moraitis

The New York Yankees have made another move to add a pitcher, this time signing left-handed journeyman Rich Hill to a minor league deal.

Chad Jennings of The LoHud Yankees Blog broke the news on Twitter:

Hill will join the Yanks' Triple-A affiliate, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, this week.

The 34-year-old Hill has made just one appearance this season as a member of the Los Angeles Angels and it wasn't good. He allowed three walks and a hit in his outing, and didn't retire a single batter. Hill's numbers in 2013 were even worse as he finished with an ERA north of six out of the bullpen.

The desire for Hill comes from his numbers in 2014 that he compiled in the minors. With Boston, Hill pitched to a 3.23 ERA in 39 innings of relief work.

His best major league season came back in 2007 with the Chicago Cubs as a starter, when he was 11-8 with a 3.92 ERA in 32 starts. Since then, Hill has been back and forth between the bullpen and starting rotation, so he could fill either role should he make it up with the Yankees.

Seeing as how the Yanks already have plenty of bullpen depth and a solid lefty out of the 'pen, Hill's best chance at making the bigs will be as a starter in the Bronx.

Hill may be of help to the Yankees at some point or he could just be another name added to the organization that produces little to nothing this season.


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