The Diamondbacks set a Monday deadline for Aaron Hill

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Jack Magruder of FOXSportsArizona.com reports that the Diamondbacks have a multi-year offer on the table for Aaron Hill.  They want an answer from him by Monday.

The fact of the offer is not news — Nick Piecoro reported this earlier this week — but then it was said to have been an open-ended thing with nothing imminent.  Magurder’s report of the deadline is new. Perchance Kevin Towers is trying to spur Mr. Hill into action one way or the other.

It has been infielderpalooza for Arizona so far this fall. They have already signed John McDonald and Willie Bloomquist.  Hill is the most valuable of the bunch by far, of course, having  hit .315/.386/.492 in 33 games after being acquired from the Jays.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.