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Who in Red Sox Nation does not remember the shining events of last season as it wound down in September?
Over a three week span and four starts, Rich Hill was a magician. Larger than life with a sweeping, majestic curve ball that baffled hitters across the entire division (Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles and Yankees).
Those four starts for your viewing pleasure:
- Sep 13 at Rays - 7 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 0 ER, 10 SO, 109 pitches
- Sep 20 at Blue Jays - 7 IP, 7 H, 0 BB, 3 ER, 10 SO, 107 pitches
- Sep 25 vs Orioles - 9 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 0 ER, 10 SO, 116 pitches
- Oct 1 at Yankees - 6 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 2 ER, 6 SO, 102 pitches
After the first game the fan base was going wild about the best ERA in baseball.
Rich Hill, who was born in Boston, owns the best ERA in Red Sox history at 0.93 (min. 15.0 IP) .— Jon Shestakofsky (@Shesta_Sox) September 13, 2015
General Manager Dave Dombrowski has a love for power arms in a rotation, so it is not a surprise that Hill is not part of the Red Sox investment plans.
The most Hill ever made in a season was $1 million, with MLBTradeRumors predicting that he should get a $5 million dollar one year deal.
Will it be the Padres that scoop him up from the free agent market?
#Padres among the many teams to show interest in free agent starter Rich Hill, sources say. @FOXSports— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 12, 2015
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