Sunday, November 13, 2011
Sources: Aaron Hill re-ups with D-backs
ESPN.com news services
After a resurgent second half of the season following a trade to the desert, free agent second baseman Aaron Hill has elected to stay with the Arizona Diamondbacks, agreeing to a two-year, $11 million deal, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.
The veteran second baseman began the 2011 season with the Toronto Blue Jays before being dealt to the Diamondbacks along with versatile infielder John McDonald for first baseman Kelly Johnson.
In Toronto this year, Hill hit .225 with six homers and 45 RBIs. After landing in Arizona, however, Hill's average jumped to .315 while hitting two home runs and driving in 16 over the final 33 regular season games for the NL West winners. In the postseason, Hill delivered a solo home run and hit .278 before the Diamondbacks were knocked out of the playoffs by the Milwaukee Brewers.
A career .267 hitter, Hill had spent his entire career with the Blue Jays, having broken in with the club in 2005 before the trade. Hill enjoyed a breakout year in 2009 when he hit 36 homers and tallied 108 RBIs.