The Los Angeles Angels have acquired lefty reliever Rich Hill from the Boston Red Sox for cash considerations.
Hill, 34, signed a minor league deal with Boston this past off-season, and has pitched well during the 2014 season with Triple-A Pawtucket. In 39 innings, Hill posted a 3.23 ERA, with a 10.4 K/9, and a 3.9 BB/9.
Getting out left-handed batters have been Hill’s bread and butter this season. They have only a .196/.302/.196 slash line against him. Meanwhile, opposing right-handers have only batted .211/.296/.274 against Hill.
This deal doesn’t come without its concerns, however. Rich Hill does have an erratic track record. Last season, with the Cleveland Indians, where he was teammates with Halos reliever Joe Smith, Hill posted a 6.28 ERA in 38 2/3 innings.
Perhaps Smith vouched for Hill, and maybe that helped Jerry Dipoto in his decision to acquire Rich Hill.
Hill also has an injury history. Since 2007 with the Chicago Cubs, his best season, Hill has battled shoulder and elbow problems, including surgery to repair a torn labrum, as well as Tommy John surgery.
Hill also had a July 1 opt-out in his minor league deal with Boston.
The Angels promptly selected Rich Hill’s contract. To make room on the active Major League roster, Michael Kohn was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake.
This is yet another step in the Angels’ efforts to fix their bullpen. Leading the American League in blown saves, and watching their closer, Ernesto Frieri, suffering from ninth inning meltdowns, the team traded Frieri to the Pittsburgh Pirates for right-handed reliever Jason Grilli this past Friday.
The Halos’ bullpen struggles are the only thing standing in their way between them and the first place Oakland Athletics.