Ladies and gentlemen, the Angels bullpen has a lefty again… sort of:
#Angels acquire LHP Rich Hill for cash considerations and option Michael Kohn to AAA.
— Victor Rojas (@VictorRojas29) July 1, 2014
Not exactly a blockbuster acquisition for Jerry Dipoto, but also not a risky one either as Hill was acquired for a little bit of cash, probably just whatever Arte Moreno had in his wallet at the time.
Hill has been kicking around the bigs since 2005, but was converted to relief in 2010 and only then did he start to experience modest success. Very modest as his ERA as a reliever is 4.44 but he does boast 11.0 K/9 and 3.13 FIP. The problem is that his walk rate is 5.78 BB/9. That might explain why he had been whiling away at Triple-A for the BoSox all year.
The Halos have been searching for a left-handed specialist for their bullpen all year and Hill will get a shot at claiming that role, though he isn’t especially effective against left-handed hitters. If he takes the role and runs with it, the Angels will have solved a problem for cheap. If not, Dipoto will have to jump back into the trade market later this month.