Rich Hill re-signs with the Dodgers

Starting Pitcher Rich Hill had his best season as an MLB player in 2016 and on Monday he got rewarded for it by re-signing with the Dodgers on a 3-year/$48 million contract. Hill was by far the best starting pitcher in a really weak starting pitcher market in free agency, so there was no doubt that he would get paid quite a bit. However, the one thing that concerns me about this deal for the Dodgers is that they are giving a 3-year deal to a player that’s about to turn 37 years old before the season. Hill did have an outstanding year in 2016 with the Athletics and Dodgers as he went 12-5 with a 2.12 ERA. His 4.10 career ERA is what is really concerning because in all likelihood he’ll revert back to the mediocre pitcher that he has mostly been. If Hill can be the pitcher that he was last year then he’ll provide one of the best duos in the MLB along with Clayton Kershaw. Hill definitely deserved to be paid this much, although I’m just not sold that he can repeat that type of season again. The Dodgers probably made a mistake by giving him a 3-year deal that will keep him with the team through his age 39 season. The Dodgers should have given him maybe a 1-year deal or a 1-year deal with a club option for 2018 rather than risking an inevitable decline in his production. I like that the Dodgers re-signed him, but shorter deal would have been much less risky especially for a guy that has struggled with injury and consistency issues in his career.

Grade: C



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