Rich Hill had most recently pitched for the Los Angeles Angels, where he had pitched in two games, allowing one hit and one run, alone with three walks (did not record an out). He was released by Los Angeles on July 9th. He had spent two-and-half seasons with the Boston Red Sox organization, before signing with the Cleveland Indians for the 2013 season. Following last season, Hill signed a minor-league deal with the Red Sox.
Despite going 3-3 (two saves) with a 3.23 ERA in 39 innings out of the bullpen, along with 45 strikeouts, 29 hits allowed and 17 walks this season for Triple-A Pawtucket, Hill never reached the majors for Boston and was traded to the Angels. Four days after being acquired, he was designated for assignment.
In his ten-year major league career, Rich Hill has pitched in 183 games, going 24-22 with a 4.75 ERA. The Hill signing looks to provide organizational depth to the Yankees’ bullpen for a while.