Yankees: 5 under-the-radar free agents the club should consider signing
By Derek McAdam
1. Rich Hill
I was hesitant to put Rich Hill as my No. 1 option, but I find him the most interesting player out of the five men on this list.
The southpaw has announced that he intends to return for the 2020 season and will likely garner plenty of interest. Hill posted a 2.45 ERA in 13 starts during 2019 with the Dodgers, striking out 72 batters in 58.2 innings.
Even though Hill’s career is nearing its conclusion, he is still a force on the mound when healthy. With C.C. Sabathia retiring and Jordan Montgomery still working his way back from Tommy John surgery, there is another spot open in the rotation.
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The southpaw would be a perfect fit to replace Sabathia, but to also allow Montgomery more time to work the rust off. A one-year contract is what Hill will likely be looking for, and there is no way it could ever be a bad thing for the Yanks to have extra viable arms.
In the postseason, Hill has a 3.06 ERA in 12 career starts. He does not only bring the playoff experience but has been there in each of the past four seasons.
The Yankees are looking for arms that can get them a World Series ring, and Hill could be a guy that helps along the way.
The one big downfall to Hill is that he will more than likely be signed much quicker than the top free agents and will not be a fallback option in case Cashman cannot land a top starter.
If the Yankees want Hill’s services, they will have to act quickly. It is not a likely option, but Hill is a very underrated free agent.