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Aaron Hill, Diamondbacks agree to $35 million extension

Feb 8, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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Three weeks after Aaron Hill and the Diamondbacks were said to be having preliminary extension talks the two sides have agreed to a deal, with Ken Rosenthal of reporting that Hill will get $35 million for three seasons.

Hill signed a two-year, $11 million deal last offseason and would have become a free agent after this season, so it’s easy to see how much his leverage increased following a year in which the second baseman hit .302 with 26 homers, 44 doubles, and an .882 OPS in 156 games while playing his usual stellar defense.

Hill was terrible in his final season-and-a-half in Toronto, allowing Arizona to acquire him at a discount in mid-2011, but he’s been fantastic for the Diamondbacks with a .304 batting average and .881 OPS in 189 total games.

Arizona was able to keep the commitment relatively short–Hill will be 34 years old when the deal ends–and $11.667 million per season is similar to the average annual value in recent deals for fellow second basemen Brandon Phillips and Dan Uggla.

  1. unclemosesgreen - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Look at that picture – he’s absolutely COVERED in grit!

  2. tonyricemajorharris - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    This proves the insane amount of money the owners are making. Good for the Hill family…

  3. stabonerichard - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Seems the Dbacks are paying guys whose best years are behind them while shipping out guys whose best years are ahead.

    • tuberippin - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:11 PM

      I believe they call it “the Kirk Gibson Method”.

  4. unclemosesgreen - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    My personal theory is that this is one final kiss-off to Stephen Drew. Once Drew got 9.5 million from the Red Sox, this started brewing in Ken Kendrick’s head. He just had to first accomplish his bit of “family business” in getting rid of Justin Upton.

  5. paperlions - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    If this is an extension that doesn’t start until next year, he’ll be 34 when it ends. Still a good deal in terms of years.

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      If he had been with the Red Sox, he would have received $39 million rather than $35 million.

      • paperlions - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:47 AM

        Well, they are a green company, and somebody accidentally printed 12 copies of that contract…..recycling is nice and all, but if you are truly environmentally friendly, you re-use or re-purpose. Kudos to those environmentally conscious Red Sox.

  6. proudlycanadian - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Not every trade made by Alex Anthopoulos works out, even though most of his trades have been beneficial. The trade of Hill for Kelly Johnson did not work out for the Jays.

    • tuberippin - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      To be fair, at the time there was no certainty that Aaron Hill would return to his 2009 form after that concussion had him looking like 2B’s Justin Morneau.

  7. cur68 - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    He had concussion problems in his final 2 seasons with The Beav. Poor fella never really recovered from that till last season, but he was showing signs of coming around when he was traded. I’m real happy for him. Always a good guy as far as one can tell from interviews and he played hard. He’s got bag loads of talent and could probably have played any sport he wanted he’s such a gifted athlete.

    I’m VERY happy to see him return to his old athletic self.

  8. unclemosesgreen - Feb 8, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Pouliot hates this signing, but Gleeman loves it. Maybe the Gleek was swayed by Mr. Hill’s super-awesome first name?

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