Report: Yankees Interested In Trading For Royals Reliever Tim Hill

Alex Greenberg
November 27, 2019 - 2:14 pm
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The Yankees' bullpen is already stacked with talent, but there’s always room for improvement.

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New York’s relievers were a big part of the team’s push to the ALCS before the eventual elimination at the hands of the Astros. That being said, general manager Brian Cashman may now be about to add yet another arm to the pen.

According to a report from MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, the Yankees are interested in trading for Royals reliever Tim Hill and are "chief" among the teams after his services.

Hill, 29, has spent the entirety of his career with Kansas City after he was drafted by the Royals in the 32nd round of the 2014 MLB draft. He only reached the big leagues for the first time in 2018 when he made the Royals’ roster after spring training.

2019 was a relatively productive year for Hill. The California native went 2-0 with a 3.63 ERA in 46 appearances out of the bullpen.

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Hill is a submarine pitcher who would give the Yankees another left-handed reliever to call on. There is one less reliever on the roster after the team dealt Nestor Cortes Jr. to the Mariners on Monday. The fact that he isn’t arbitration eligible until after next season is likely another reason that Cashman and company might be interested in acquiring him.

Pitching was always going to be a focus of New York’s offseason, but the Yankees starting rotation likely needs more work than their bullpen does. Former Astro Gerrit Cole is the big name free agent who Yankees fans are clamoring for Cashman to sign.

He might not have the same kind of impact that Cole would, but Hill would add even more depth to a bullpen that should once again be one of the best in baseball next season.

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