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Diamondbacks may shift longtime second baseman Aaron Hill to third base

Aug 25, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

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Aaron Hill has played exclusively second base since 2007 and has logged nearly 10,000 career innings at the position, but it sounds like the Diamondbacks are preparing to move him across the diamond.

Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks want use 24-year-old Didi Gregorius and 22-year-old Chris Owings as their new double-play duo in preparation for next season and beyond.

And because Hill is 32 years old, has struggled this season, and is owed $24 million for the next two seasons they can’t simply part ways with him, so moving him to third base is the easiest solution. For his part Hill seems fine with the move, saying:

It’s just the way it is when you’re trying to see what we’re going to do next year, and if I’m a part of that–I’m hoping so–whether it’s keeping the young guys, trading whoever, that’s just the big picture and I understand that. I told them I get it.

In the past Hill has shown the type of power most teams look for at third base and since joining the Diamondbacks in mid-2011 he’s hit a combined .283 with an .800 OPS in 394 games, which would certainly look just fine at third base. However, this season he’s hit just .243 with 10 homers and a .651 OPS in 118 games and he last saw game action at third base as a rookie for the Blue Jays in 2005. Plus, the Diamondbacks have a pretty good third base prospect in 23-year-old Jake Lamb.

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  1. gbrim - Aug 25, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Makes Hill more valuable as a bench player. Snakes want Jake Lamb (rookie lefty) to play 3rd if he holds up in the bigs. Hill as a righty bat off the bench/backup at 3rd and 2nd, makes some sense.

    Another Kevin Towers contract that will drag on the DBacks for years. Had to trade Prado and Parra because they had to carry the awful contracts of Hill, Cahill, and Cody Ross into the future and the budget couldn’t support all of them.

    Why is Towers still in the building? Does anyone know?

  2. alangyo - Aug 25, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    WWMYD?

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