Recent MLB trade rumors have been about Oakland Athletics starter Rich Hill. Could the A’s actually sign him instead of trade him?
With the MLB trade deadline less than 24 hours away, the Oakland Athletics have been linked to many MLB trade rumors. Their starting pitcher Rich Hill has been one of the most sought after pitchers prior to the deadline.
However, according to Ken Rosenthal, the Athletics are also in talks with Hill about a possible contract extension.
The news that the Athletics are talking about an extension with Hill goes against the Athletics’ usual plans. The organization is notorious for being sellers at the trade deadline when they aren’t in contention for a playoff spot, but an exception might be made with Hill.
At 36-years-old, the interest in the signing Hill to a contract extension is very puzzling for the Athletics despite his great season. In 2016, Hill has totaled a 9-3 record and 2.25 ERA, as his great comeback story continues.
Rosenthal also points out that trade the Athletics are still discussing trades with teams about Hill, as that is still the most likely thing to happen to the left-hander. A blister issue has kept Hill recently, which has likely affected his trade value.
Assuming that the blister issue is resolved soon, Hill is without a doubt one of the best pitchers available at the trade deadline. Hill is expected to come off the disabled list very soon no matter if he is traded or not by the Athletics, as he was placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to July 20th.
For the Athletics, trading Hill for prospects makes the most sense, as this team is not going to be competing in the near future. Starting pitching will be at a premium as always at the trade deadline, and the Athletics could get a good haul for Hill.