LOS ANGELES, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Rich Hill finally emphasized the meaning of his first name Monday, when he re-signed a lucrative deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Dodgers announce the signing of free agent LHP Rich Hill to a three-year contract.— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) December 5, 2016
The left-handed pitcher agreed to a three-year, $48 million pact with the team he won 12 games for last season. Hill held a 2.12 ERA and fanned 129 batters in 20 games for the Dodgers.
Hill made the deal official when he passed his physical Monday morning, according to MLB.com. The 36-year-old turns 37-years-old in March.
Rich Hill is at winter meetings with his wife and son for a news conference. At age 37, after many trials, finally getting moment in sun.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 5, 2016
Peter Gammons reported this weekend that "one team who sought Rich Hill" thought he had a deal with the Dodgers for 3 years and $40 million.
By the end of 2016 season, Rich Hill had made about $9m in his career, thru age 36. He'll make $48m ages 37-39. https://t.co/uAXIYMkASc— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 5, 2016
As ESPN's Buster Olney noted, Hill has made about $9 million in his career through last season. Hill began his career in 2005 with the Chicago Cubs. After four seasons with the Cubs, he joined the Baltimore Orioles. He later joined the Boston Red Sox for three seasons before landing with the Cleveland Indians. Hill spent the next six seasons with six different teams, including the Indians.
For everyone who wonders why guys go to the independent leagues in hopes of keeping their careers alive ...— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 5, 2016
Rich Hill, $48 million