How much did it cost them? The same price the Red Sox once spent to purchase the contract rights to outfielder Daniel Nava from the Independent League Chico Outlaws.
With Tuesday marking the second opt-out date in Hill’s contract, the Red Sox traded his rights to the Angels instead of seeing Hill hit the open market. The Angels immediately added Hill to their major league roster, and as the only lefty in their bullpen, Hill figures to see some situational playing time.
In fact, Hill arrived in Chicago, where the Angels were playing a doubleheader against the White Sox, soon enough on Tuesday to make his debut with the team in Game 1. The results weren’t good as Hill gave up a run on a single and two walks before being lifted without retiring a batter.
In 39 innings pitched at Triple-A Pawtucket this season, Hill had a 3.23 ERA along with 45 strikeouts. He last appeared in the majors with Cleveland in 2013, struggling with his control while posting a 6.28 ERA.
According to a major league source, the Angels also showed interest in acquiring left-handed reliever Craig Breslow but were concerned that his stuff had dropped off since last season, when he posted 1.81 ERA in 61 games for the Red Sox.