Orioles: Hill appears headed elsewhere
While the Orioles have re-signed a couple of their players from last year to minor league deals, it does not appear that Rich Hill will be one of them. Earlier this offseason, the Orioles offered the left-handed starter a minor league pact with an invite to spring training, but it looks like Hill is poised to accept another offer. There has been very little talk between the two sides in recent days and Hill has other minor league offers that are available to him.
It should come as no surprise that Hill likely won't return. It probably will benefit him to get out of the American League East and return to the National League. His chances of making the Orioles' Opening Day rotation were slim after the Kevin Millwood trade gave the Orioles some starting pitching depth.
Even though Hill went 3-3 with a 7.80 ERA in 14 appearances (13 starts) before his season ended due to a shoulder injury, his acquisition was a risk worth taking. The Orioles sent only a small amount of cash to the Chicago Cubs for a starter. HIll had a couple of good outings, but was never able to develop any consistency and his shoulder injury may have been a big factor in that.