D-backs agree to terms with free agent Hill

 

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks announced they have agreed to terms with infielder Aaron Hill on a two-year contract, according to D-backs’ Executive Vice President and General Manager Kevin Towers.

 

Hill, 29, hit .315 (39-for-124) with 23 runs scored, 12 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs and 16 RBI in 33 games for the D-backs along with a .386 on-base percentage and .492 slugging percentage. Defensively, he did not commit an error in 155 total chances. In his first career Postseason appearance during the National League Division Series versus the Milwaukee Brewers, he hit .278 (5-for-18) with 3 runs scored and a solo homer in 5 games. Hill was acquired along with infielder John McDonald from the Toronto Blue Jays on August 23 for infielder Kelly Johnson. Among NL second basemen from August 23 through the end of the season (min. 75 plate appearances), he ranked tied for first with 2 triples and 16 RBI, second with a .315 batting average, 12 doubles, .386 on-base percentage and .556 slugging percentage, tied for second with 5 stolen bases, third with 39 hits and 16 extra-base hits, tied for fourth with 12 walks and tied for seventh with 2 home runs. Defensively, he was one of five second basemen (min. 25 games) who did not commit an error after August 23, along with the Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve, Los Angeles Dodgers’ Jamey Carroll, Los Angeles Angels’ Howie Kendrick and Pittsburgh Pirates’ Neil Walker.

 

Overall, in 137 games for the D-backs and Toronto Blue Jays last season, Hill batted .246 (128-for-520) with 61 runs scored, 27 doubles, 3 triples, 8 home runs and 61 RBI along with a .299 on-base percentage and .356 slugging percentage. Among all second basemen, he ranked tied for eighth with 27 doubles, ninth with 61 RBI and 10th with 128 hits while defensively, his .989 fielding percentage tied for seventh-best.

 

Among all second basemen since 2009, Hill ranks third with 70 home runs, fourth with 430 games, 85 doubles and 236 RBI, fifth with 429 hits and sixth with 158 extra-base hits. In 2009, Hill was named American League Comeback Player of the Year and the AL Silver Slugger Award recipient after setting career highs with 36 home runs and 108 RBI.

 

Over parts of seven Major League seasons with the D-backs and Blue Jays, he has batted .267 (920-for-3450) with 200 doubles, 11 triples, 98 home runs and 425 RBI in 908 games along with a .321 on-base percentage and .416 slugging percentage. Among active second basemen since his debut in 2005, he ranks seventh with 92 home runs, tied for seventh with 366 RBI, eighth with 779 games, ninth with 266 extra-base hits and tied for ninth with 168 doubles and defensively ranks tied for eighth with a .987 fielding percentage.

 

Hill was selected by the Blue Jays as their first-round pick (13th overall) in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft.