The Athletics are discussing a contract extension with left-hander Rich Hill, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Hill is still a candidate to be traded before tomorrow’s 4 p.m. deadline.
Hill was expected to be the top starter available on this summer’s trade market, but a blister has sidelined him since July 17. According to Rosenthal, Hill has drawn interest from the Dodgers, Blue Jays, Rangers, Astros and Pirates so far this summer.
Rosenthal adds that Oakland will not accept a conditional deal for Hill, meaning that the prospect return will not depend on how much Hill pitches for the acquiring team down the stretch. At this point, it appears Hill will either be traded or extended before tomorrow.
Hill is projected to be one of the best starters available this winter on a weak market for free-agent starters, so it is surprising that he is entertaining the idea of an extension with Oakland. The 36-year old will likely command a 2- or 3-year deal if an extension is completed, and may be looking for financial security after a journeyman career.
Hill’s blister and other injury concerns may also increase his interest in an extension with Oakland, a club that also tried to extend Josh Reddick in advance of the deadline. While an extension with Reddick looks unlikely, something may get done with Hill before tomorrow’s deadline.