Yankees Rumors: Left-handed relief pitcher Tim Hill

While it isn’t a name that will excite Yankees fans, the Bombers have been evaluating a potential trade for left-handed reliever Tim Hill of the Royals.

It’s been a slow start to the Hot Stove season thus far. However, with the Winter Meetings set to begin on Dec 8 in San Diego, brace yourself for chatter and rumors-galore about the Yankees being connected to any number of players via trades and free agency.

Although the Yanks made their first acquisition of the winter last week, signing 27-year-old Zack Granite to a minor league deal, the outfielder from Staten Island, NY, did get an invite to spring training and a June 15 opt-out clause.

So as we wait for general manager Brian Cashman to pull the trigger on more impactful players (starting pitchers) — for now we’ll have to settle for links to relief pitchers.

Trading Nestor Cortes to the Mariners for international bonus money was necessary to open a 40-man roster spot, but it also created the possibility for the Yanks to add a veteran southpaw.

Enter Tim Hill of the Kansas City Royals. According to Mark Feinsand, the Yankees like Hill’s makeup. A sinkerball pitcher that drops down to a submarine-style, Hill employs a four-seam fastball in the low 90s and an 80-mph slider.

Incredibly adept at getting left-handed hitters out, Hill has held them to a .211/.276/.248 slash line since making his major league debut in 2018. His 70 appearances led the Royals during his rookie campaign.

Last season, the soon-to-be-30-year-old was 2-0 with a 3.63 ERA, 1.109 WHIP, 3.84 FIP and 8.8 K/9 across 39.2 innings (46 games). Hill has only allowed a total of eight home runs during his career (116 games / 85.1 IP) — a very positive stat should he find himself making regular appearances at Yankee stadium

With four years left of club control, which includes not being arbitration-eligible until next offseason, Hill could become that lefty specialist out of an already stout Yankees ‘pen.

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One caveat to remember is that MLB has changed the rule that all pitchers must face a minimum of three batters or pitch to end a half-inning. Therefore, should a trade for Hill go through, he’ll need to be stretched out a bit.

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