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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?

By Cameron Smith  |  February 2, 2009; 12:59 PM ET
Categories:  Cubs , Orioles  
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Comments

I like the trade. Good to give Hill a chance. Burres already had his opportunity in Baltimore, and he's been awful. I have no problem with the O's designating him for assignment. If he's picked up on waivers, so be it.

Posted by: CDon | February 2, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

B Burres is garbage. Comparing him to a guy that's 2 years removed from having a nice season is a joke. Hopefully Burres doesn't clear waivers and his O's career is over. Reportedly, if Hill struggles they will make him the long reliever and put Hendrickson in the rotation unless Pauley emerges or Looper is signed.

Posted by: bulldog23 | February 2, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

So...does Hill have a first name?

Posted by: DCrealist | February 2, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Since Troy Patton would have been the 5th starter last year and Matt Albers SHOULD have been the 5 guy instead of Burres, no loss there. Nothing wrong with this deal. If Hill gives them quality starts, fine. If not, no big deal. He won't be a part of the rotation in 2-3 years anyway.

Posted by: virtueandvice | February 2, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

I have been an O's fan since 1968. So with that said here is my accessment "IT MUST BE A BARGAIN". Our owner is NOT commited to winning, he has turned this team into a sub 500 team at best. We can't attract any free agents, who wants to come to a 4th place team with a pompus owner. This team will not turn around until Angelos sells. With that said I am still a fan and I hope Hill gives us some quality starts.....
I remain a frustrated diehard O's fan ....

Posted by: bills_2_cents | February 2, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

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