MLB free agency is getting to be exciting with the new collective bargaining agreement about to release in the coming days. And with high-value players becoming free agents this offseason, the chase to acquire these players are heating up. One topic that's being discussed as of late is the desire of New York Yankees to sign free agent pitcher Rich Hill this offseason.
Hill is one of the in-demand free agents that being pursued by many teams such as Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles. But it seems that the Yankees have the big advantage on those teams that's been mentioned. And latest MLB trade rumors are saying that they are now moving to bring back Hill who once played for them last 2014.
According to New York Daily News, New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman have already announced that he would be talking to Rich Hills' agent and try to come up a decent deal that might lure him to sign with them. Hill would probably demand a three-year deal and around $40-$50 million in salary range.
Hill already played for the Yankees in 2014 where he posted a 1.69 ERA with 9 strikeouts in 14 games with them. Last season, he went 12-5 with 2.12 ERA and 129 strikeouts in 20 games with the Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Dodgers. The 36-year-old lefthander would be a welcome addition to the Yankees pitching staff that seems to be lacking last season.
In a separate report by NJ, there are five reasons that Rich Hill is the top free-agent prospect for the Yankees. First, he is one of the best pitchers in the league today and he can evolve as time goes on. Second, he won't take long-term contracts and be satisfied on a three or four-year deal.
Third, he may be 36 but he only threw 610 1/3 total innings in 12 years in the league which means that he doesn't have the attrition of a failing performance. Fourth, he doesn't cost future prospect and salary would only be his deal. Finally, having him and Masahiro Tanaka take turns to the pitcher's mound in 2017 is a dangerous duo to beat.
Will the New York Yankees be able to sign free agent pitcher Rich Hill this offseason? Stay tuned to the latest MLB trade rumors and updates.