Friday, January 25, 2013
Arizona looking to extend Hill
By Jason A. Churchill
The Arizona Diamondbacks gave closer J.J. Putz a one-year extension Monday and are looking to keep second baseman Aaron Hill beyond 2013, too, writes Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic.
Hill will be 31 in March but was very good in 2012, batting .302/.360/.522 with 26 home runs, setting a new career high in slugging percentage. Furthermore, Hill was not simply a product of his home ballpark, as he batted .283/.355/.478 with 12 home runs on the road last season. Hill will make $5.5 million this season, but any new pact will certainly produce quite the raise for him.
Hill's new deal could approach the extension given to Brandon Phillips by the Cincinnati Reds -- six years, $72 million -- despite the somewhat advanced age attached to both players. It's difficult to believe the Diamondbacks would go to such lengths, however, as GM Kevin Towers tends to prefer shorter contracts. We'll have to wait and see how this one plays out, but it certainly appears Hill is unlikely to hit the free agent market next offseason.
Aside from Hill, right-hander Ian Kennedy, who is arbitration eligible for the first time this winter, could be next in line for a contract extension. Right-hander Daniel Hudson and outfielder Gerardo Parra could be candidates soon, too.