The Arizona Diamondbacks have gotten extremely younger in its lineup this season. They made a few major moves trading for Heath Bell and trading away Justin Upton for a slew of young players. Friday, the Diamondbacks locked up second baseman Aaron Hill. Hill and the Diamondbacks agreed to a three-year, $35 million extension. The deal does not provide any options for an extra season as of right now.
Hill was acquired by the Diamondbacks in 2011 in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays. In his first half-season with Arizona, he batted .315/.386/.492 with 12 double and 16 RBI after struggling for most of the season. In his first full season with Arizona, Hill bounced back hitting .302/.360/.522 with 26 home runs and 85 RBI for the Diamondbacks.
Diamondbacks’ general manager Kevin Towers has now signed four players to extensions this season. J.J. Putz got a one-year, $7 million extension, Cliff Pennington two years, $5 million and newly-acquired Martin Prado received a four-year, $40 million after the Atlanta Braves sent him over in the Upton.
Also, Arizona will not have a dilemma at second base with Prado now on the team. Prado has agreed to switch to third base so Hill can still play second. Although it looks like the Diamondbacks are young, they might be the most underrated team in the National League West. If Ian Kennedy and the rest of the rotation can get back to 2011 form, the Diamondbacks could have a chance this season.
With Hill signed, New York Yankees‘ second baseman Robinson Cano is now the next second baseman that should get an extension.