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Dodgers: Old Friend Rich Hill Has 3 Teams Interested at 40-Years-Old

At 40-Years-Old, there are still plenty of teams in on Richie.



We’re almost 2 years removed from Rich Hill loudly grunting on the mound for the Dodgers. After being traded to Los Angeles by the A’s in 2016, Hill instantly became a fan favorite at Chavez Ravine. His loud grunting, approach at the plate and overall candor spoke to fans in a way that I haven’t seen in a long time. 

The comeback story of Rich Hill is one that everyone in baseball should hear at some point. From bouncing around in the big leagues to pitching in the Atlantic League, and then back to Major League Baseball, Hill’s story is one of resistance. And although he no longer pitches for the Dodgers, fans out in Los Angeles are always looking out for his name in headlines. 

Rich is currently a free agent looking for a job at the ripe age of 40. Normally, a 40-year-old pitcher wouldn’t stand a chance on the market in the big leagues. But Hill proved last year that he can still sling it effectively, and realistically could help any team. Unfortunately for us, the Dodgers don’t appear to be in on him. 

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But the good news is that there are 3 teams interested in Hill throwing the ball for them. The Mets, Brewers, and Rays have all emerged as teams that might look to add him into the mix for the 2021 season. Whether this year will be his final season throwing the ball is anyone’s guess. 

Rich made 8 starts for the Twins in 2020 throwing a combined 38.2 innings. In that time, he struck out 7.2 per 9 innings and put up a 3.03 ERA to go along with a 3.99 FIP. If he can replicate those numbers, Hill would be a great addition to any one of those teams. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. This is the ex-Dodger whom I felt really bad that he missed-out on the WS ring last year.
    Arguably, we should have won it all in 2017 but, it would be nice if the Dodgers could honor Rich Hill if and when he returns to Dodger Stadium with an opposing team or, once he retires.

  2. So WHY aren’t the Angels in on Hill? It can’t be as simple as management incompetency, can it? They could offer him a solid one year contract, possibly with a team option for another – a pretty solid offer to a 40 year old and he’d be back in L.A. where; I presume, he still has connections.

  3. Brady 43 proofing he’s still has it! What’s wrong with these managers Hill is clearly an asset to any team!

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