Rich Hill inks one-year, $6 million deal with A’s

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From Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports comes word that the Athletics have reached agreement on a one-year, $6 million free agent contract with veteran left-hander Rich Hill.

Hill drew free agent interest from close to a dozen clubs after posting a 1.55 ERA, 0.66 WHIP, and 36/5 K/BB ratio in 29 innings (four starts) this past season for the Red Sox. He has experience both as a starter and reliever, though Passan says the 35-year-old southpaw chose Oakland because he was guaranteed a rotation spot for 2016. Coliseum is a pretty good spot for any pitcher. It’s a nice fit for both sides.

Though we should maybe mention that Hill has made just 22 starts in MLB since 2007.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.