According to Jeff Todd of MLB Trade Rumors and Jim Bowden of ESPN, the Dodgers face stiff competition from the Yankees, Rangers and Astros, Red Sox and Orioles for the services of curve ball maestro, Rich Hill.
With the Dodgers focused on Justin Turner and Kenley Jansen and in light of the recently agreed to CBA, the chances of Rich Hill returning to the boys in blue are going to be a long shot. Acquired late in the season with Josh Reddick from the Oakland Athletics, Hill had an amazing finish to the season and performed well in the playoffs.
Rich Hill has four teams that are all “in” full pursuit of him and they are the Yankees, Dodgers, Rangers and Astros. It is believed that the Red Sox and Orioles are the two other teams that are in the mix to a lesser degree. – Jim Bowden, ESPN
The chances don’t look very good for the Dodgers to retain the services of Mr. Hill with all the competition from other teams, the lack of other quality starting pitchers in free agency and the current front office’s history of not over-paying for pitchers in their late 30’s (Hill will turn 37 in Spring Training).
Can the Dodgers afford a loss like this to their starting pitching rotation?