Angels acquire Hill, send down Kohn …

Rich HillThe Angels acquired veteran left-handed reliever Rich Hill from the Red Sox for cash considerations on Tuesday, adding him to the 40-man roster and optioning right-handed reliever Michael Kohn to Triple-A Salt Lake in order to create a spot in the bullpen.

Hill, 34, is in his fifth Major League organization and carries a 4.74 ERA in 465 2/3 innings from 2005-13. His best season came with the Cubs in 2008, when Hill won 11 games and posted a 3.92 ERA in 32 starts, but he’s been inconsistent ever since and has solely worked out of the bullpen for the last five years.

Hill posted a 6.28 ERA in 63 appearances for the Indians last season, with a 1.73 WHIP and a walk rate of 6.8 in 38 2/3 innings. Hill has spent the 2014 season with Triple-A Pawtucket, posting a 3.23 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP and a 2.65 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 25 games (39 innings).

The Boston native can throw his fastball anywhere from 90 to 95 mph and his best pitch is a big, sweeping curveball. The Angels, without a lefty reliever for most of the season, would like to use him in matchup situations.


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When I heard this along with the comments that he has had control problems I thought, great, we have another bullpen arm who comes in and walks the first guy he faces. Joe Saunders just got released, seems washed up as a starter. But look at his splits against left handed batters during his career. HR % goes way down as does his walk rate with strike out to walk ratio much better. Huge difference in OPS as well. Seems like an option for the pen that would cost nothing.

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