Angels acquire Hill, send down Kohn …
The 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.