The Dodgers had a gaping hole in the rotation after Zack Greinke departed for the desert. But then came the now 37-year-old Rich Hill.

With the team performing surprisingly well after losing Clayton Kershaw to injury, the Dodgers swung a midseason trade to acquire Hill from the Oakland A’s. Hill was out at the time with blisters, but made six regular season starts for the boys in blue, capturing a 1.83 ERA along the way.

At one point, Hill appeared to be finished. Last season was a revival, and it paid off in a big way.

Hill capitalized on the best season of his career, earning a three-year, $48 million extension with the Dodgers. Hill rejected overtures from teams closer to his native New England area, including the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees.

“I think it’s something that has been an incredible journey to get to this point, but never did I ever think that I would pack it in,” Hill said. “I never thought I was done.”

Hill has had a rough spring so far, accumulating a 12.60 ERA. But he’s never been a quick starter, and early struggles are far from the most he’s ever had to overcome.

The Los Angeles Times ran a profile piece detailing Hill’s path back to prominence.

Now Kershaw’s sidekick, Hill is taking aim at the next goal: a championship.

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Gabe Burns is an award-winning journalist. He serves as a reporter and editor at the DodgersNation news desk. He additionally works as editor-in-chief of The Spectator, Valdosta State University's student paper. Gabe's work has been featured on a number of platforms, including Draft Breakdown and Pro Football Spot. His byline has been cited in media such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. Aside from covering Dodgers baseball, Gabe enjoys watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Orlando Magic and Tampa Bay Lightning. He can be followed on Twitter at @GabeBurns_DN.

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