LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) — The Dodgers have signed free-agent pitcher Rich Hill to a $48 million, 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.
Hills gets a $2 million signing bonus and salaries of $12 million next year, $16 million in 2018 and $18 million in 2019.
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.
With the signing of Hill now in the books, the Dodgers are now tasked with re-signing two other key role players from last years roster: third-baseman Justin Turner and closer Kenley Jansen.
Even though Turner has been rumored to potentially signing a five-year deal with the boys in blue, Jansen might be leaning in another direction.
According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, some teams believe the Marlins may be willing to sign Jansen to a long-term contract.
If this is true, expect for the Dodgers to make a move at the Winter Meetings in order to fill that void.
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