What does the acquisition of Aaron Hill mean for the Red Sox?
The Sox have been bruised and battered all season; Brock Holt has dealt with a concussion and Blake Swihart is on the shelf on the 60 day DL, meaning they needed help and they needed it fast. Hill, an obvious choice, is a solid fielder and decent hitter providing some pop off the bench and relief for an overtaxed infield.
As of now the Sox are in contention for a playoff spot and they’re certainly talented enough to make it. With young stars like Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, and JBJ it’s not hard to get excited about this team. Throw in veterans like David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia and you’ve got a solid roster that Hill can bring a lot of experience to.
Along with defense and experience Hill also brings a solid attack at the plate. So far this year he has a solid .287 average with eight home runs and 31 RBI–in fact he hit as high as 36 in a season at one point. Hill has made is offensive presence right away when we went 2-4 with 2 RBI in Friday night, giving a sparkling debut to his Red Sox career. What’s even better is the Sox hardly had to give up anything to bring him in.
“We’ve been looking for a right-handed hitting infielder that could play third base for really a while” Dave Dombrowski stated “When I talked to him on the phone , he was very happy to be a part of the organization.” (MLB.com)
Aaron Hill will be a great bench player and can be an effective pinch hitter just like the role Jonny Gomes played in 2014. The Sox could also try moving Hill around a little bit and possibly placing him in left field until Holt can return.
Aaron Hill can be an underrated player at times and if he can have a good performance this year the Sox might have had a very good steal in the trade.