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Marlins sign Shawn Hill to a minor league contract

Jan 29, 2011, 5:01 PM EDT

Shawn Hill Jays

The Marlins have signed Shawn Hill to a minor league contract, reports Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. The 29-year-old right-hander will receive an invite to major league spring training and will make $600,000 if he makes the team.

The native Canadian was released by the Blue Jays in November after posting a 2.61 ERA and 14/4 K/BB ratio over four starts as a September call-up. He spent most of last season rehabbing from the second Tommy John surgery of his career, posting a 1.61 ERA and 39/8 K/BB ratio over 11 minor league outings.

Hill has averaged 2.79 BB/9 over 239 major league innings and has a career ground ball rate of 48.9 percent, so there’s some upside here if he’s finally healthy. He’ll function as an insurance policy more than anything else.

  1. Old Gator - Jan 29, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    This is precisely the kind of scrapheap pickup in which Larry Beinfest specializes, and which has made it possible for the Feesh to impersonate contenders year after year even when having to dive with Scrooge McLoria’s four barrels’ worth of impecuniousness attached, to paraphrase Captain Quint. The only thing that I wonder about is why he’s got to prove himself all over again with numbers like that in September? What more could the Feather Lice have asked of him?

    PC, assuming you’re not outside chipping the ice off your snow blower, what was the story with this guy? Were they just not prepared to risk him popping another ligament?

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