Second base is one of the few positions that players aren’t necessarily expected to put up 30 homers and 100 RBI to have themselves considered extra valuable. Defense is a big part of any second baseman’s job and takes some pressure off of the offensive side of the ball. However, when you can get a good fielding second baseman who also handles the bat extremely well, there is no reason not to do it.
The Arizona Diamondbacks made a great move in signing Aaron Hill to a five year extension. This is a guy that was one of the best two-baggers in all of Major League Baseball, much less the National League. It gives the Diamondbacks a stable infield that also includes the recently traded for Martin Prado. His career fielding percentage is .988 so you don’t have to worry about errant throws.
Offensively in 2012 his .302 average, 26 home-runs and 85 runs batted in rank second in the majors only to Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees among second basemen, and not by much. He led the National League in those categories for second basemen. At the age of 30 he still has plenty of prime years left. If the Diamondbacks are going to be successful this year or any of the next few years, there will be all kinds of reasons. One big one will be the stable and productive second basemen they just signed. Good work D’backs.