The Los Angeles Dodgers have re-signed Rich Hill, they announced at the Winter Meetings on Monday.
Multiple reports indicated that Hill's deal with Los Angeles was for three years and $48 million, or a $16 million per season average.
It's been a long ride for Hill, who just back in 2015 was pitching for the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League, an Independent Baseball organization.
After spending the end of the 2015 season with the Red Sox and making four superb starts, he earned himself a one-year, $6 million deal with the Oakland Athletics before being traded to Los Angeles at the trade deadline.
Bringing back Hill makes sense from the Dodgers' point of view as well. While he is injury prone and may not be able to provide 200+ innings, the Dodgers would rather get 150-175 quality innings from Hill as compared to 200 non-quality innings from someone else.
Hill represented one of the few starting pitching options on the 2016-17 market, and he was paid quite well considering his age and other factors. MLBTradeRumors.com projected him to earn a three-year, $50 million deal prior to the offseason.
In 2016, the soon-to-be 37-year-old Hill was fantastic, pitching to a 2.12 ERA and a 129-33 K/BB ratio over 110.1 innings in 20 starts. He was worth 3.8 WAR, per FanGraphs.com.
In addition to the Dodgers, the Yankees, Rangers and Astros all showed interest in Hill.