The Giants have agreed to a minor-league deal with infielder Aaron Hill, as first reported by FOX’s Ken Rosenthal. Hill will reportedly earn $2 million if he makes the major-league club.
Hill joins a very crowded infield mix for the Giants, who have also signed Jimmy Rollins, Jae-gyun Hwang and Gordon Beckham to non-guaranteed deals this winter. All four of those players will compete for a reserve infield role for San Francisco, behind starters Brandon Belt, Joe Panik, Brandon Crawford and Eduardo Nunez.
Hill, who turns 35 in March, was linked to the Braves and Royals this winter after hitting a combined .262/.336/.378 with 10 homers in 125 games for the Brewers and Red Sox. He struggled to a .218/.287/.290 line in 47 games with Boston after a mid-season trade, lowering his value on the free-agent market after a productive start with Milwaukee.
Hill has appeared at both second and third base in recent years, giving the Giants a veteran option behind Nunez and Panik. Hill is a veteran of 12 major-league years with the Blue Jays (2005-11), Diamondbacks (2011-15), Brewers (2016) and Red Sox (2016).