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Red Sox Eyeing Possible Reunion With Veteran Pitcher

Tyler Maher
Rich Hill and the Boston Red Sox have both expressed interest in a reunion in 2023.
Rich Hill and the Boston Red Sox have both expressed interest in a reunion in 2023. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

While the Boston Red Sox have said that re-signing shortstop Xander Bogaerts is their top priority this offseason, he's far from their only one.

The Red Sox have multiple holes to fill on their last-place roster, including in the starting rotation. One potential solution there lies in a veteran pitcher from the 2022 staff who's open to returning.

Rich Hill Red Sox Rumors

Boston is also interested in bringing back Hill even though he'll be 43 next season. Hill was fairly effective for the Red Sox last year, going 8-7 with a 4.27 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP in 26 starts.

A 2023 reunion makes sense for both sides. Hill is a Massachusetts native who's comfortable in Boston, where he's spent five of his 18 MLB seasons. He'd also probably like to avoid switching teams for the fourth straight year.

As for the Red Sox, Hill provides cheap rotation depth, which they were sorely lacking last summer when injuries contributed to their mid-summer collapse. The veteran southpaw cost the team only $5 million last year and would likely return on a similar deal.

Re-signing Hill may not be the splashy acquisition that Boston fans are looking for, but he's a quality, cost-effective arm who provides veteran leadership and loves pitching at Fenway Park. There aren't too many of those lying around, so don't be surprised if Hill is wearing a Red Sox jersey again next season.

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