O's Get Their Cub: Hill Acquired
Well, that post was prescient. Some five hours after we talked here about how Baltimore would try to act quickly to get Rich Hill, before other teams could get in on the act, Baltimore GM Andy McPhail closed the deal, acquiring the 28-year-old pitcher for a player to be named later.
So, what clinched the deal for the Cubs? Evidently it was a condition that allows the Cubs to receive a different level of player depending on Hill's performance. If the curveballer excels, the Cubs could really get someone decent. If he struggles? Well, then they get a low-level longshot prospect and hope for the best.
There's reason to believe Hill could excel, too. In Baltimore he'll be working with a familiar face in pitching coach Rich Kranitz, and that could be enough to breed improvement. Maybe a change of scenery will help, too.
For the record, the Orioles designated Brian Burres for assignment to make room for Hill, dropping one frustrating young starting pitcher for another. That makes sense in a total roster way, yet it still seems a bit surprising.
So what do people think? Good deal for the O's? More of the same, given that Burres is out and Hill is in?
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