The San Francisco Giants have agreed to a deal with former Arizona Diamondback infielder Aaron Hill, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
Hill will make $2 million if he is on the big league roster, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.
Hill, 34, is a 12 year major league veteran. He played for the Milwaukee Brewers and Boston Red Sox in 2016. His best season came back in 2009 when Hill made his lone All-Star game. That year he hit 36 home runs and drove in 108 runs. He also slashed .286/.330/.499 for an OPS of .829. His last strong season at the plate came in 2012, when he hit 26 home runs and drove in 85 runs while slashing .302/.360/.522 for an OPS of .882. His career slashline is .267/.324/.420 for an OPS of .743.
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Hill has experience at second base, shortstop and third base. He will join non-roster invitees Jimmy Rollins, who was signed in December and Jae-gyun Hwang, who they signed from the Lotte Giants in the Korean Baseball Organization as possible additions to the Opening Day roster.
If any of them make the team, a player from the 40 man roster would need to be released. Giants general manager Bobby Evans has continued to sign veteran free agents throughout the off-season. This is the second player Evans has signed this week, agreeing to a deal with relief pitcher David Hernandez.
The Giants have counted on players from the farm system to take on bench roles in the past few seasons. With every young player, lack of experience is certainly one of the prime negatives.
Bench players are tasked with a very difficult job. They are asked to spot start at multiple positions while rarely ever getting consistent at bats.
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