Rich Hill will join the 12th MLB team and play his 19th season at 43


Rich Hill plans to continue his nearly two-decade MLB journey at the age of 43 next year.

If Hill takes the bump for the Pirates in 2023, it will be the 12th different MLB team he has played for since making his debut with the Chicago Cubs on June 25, 2005. Hill went 8-7 with a 4 ERA, 27, 1.30 WHIP, 109 strikeouts and 37 walks in his 124 1/3 innings pitched spanning 26 starts in 2022, his third stint with the Boston Red Sox.

On’s Pirates projected depth chart, all members of the starting rotation were born between 1992 and 1999, while the soft-throwing left-hander was born in 1980. Up-and-coming right-hander Roansy Contreras was born Nov. 7 1999, five months after Hill was first selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 36th round of that year’s MLB June Entry Draft.

The Boston, Massachusetts native was selected by the Anaheim Angels in the seventh round of the June 2001 MLB Entry Draft and finally by the Cubs in the fourth round of the 2002 event, three years before making his debut in the major league. He spent the first four seasons of his career with Chicago, having one of his best years as a starter in 2007 with a record of 11-8, 3.92 ERA and 1.19 WHIP with career highs in starts (32), innings pitched (195) and strikeouts (183), before joining the Baltimore Orioles for a year.

Hill’s first term in Boston lasted from 2010 to 2012, where he made the transition to becoming a reliever. Since then he has pitched for Cleveland (2013), Los Angeles Angels from Anaheim (2014), New York Yankees (2014), Red Sox again (2015), Oakland Athletics (2016), Los Angeles Dodgers (2016-19), Minnesota Twins (2020), Tampa Bay Rays (2021), New York Mets (2021) and Red Sox (2022).

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