Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill has reportedly signed a three-contract extension with Arizona worth an estimated $35 million.
According to ESPN, Hill’s deal comes on the heels of his previous two-year, $11 million deal inked in November 2011. He came to Arizona after seven years in Toronto, where he was named to his only All-Star game in 2009.
Hill, who turns 31 in March, batted .302 last season with 26 homers, 85 RBI and a career-high .882 OPS, earning a National League Silver Slugger Award for his efforts. He also hit for the cycle twice during the year, becoming only the fourth player in MLB history to accomplish the feat twice in the same season.
The Gant Daily points out that Hill ranks in the top five among all second baseman in extra-base hits, total bases, home runs, RBIs, doubles, hits and slugging percentage since 2009. His 96 homers trail just Dan Uggla (118) and Robinson Cano (111).
Over the course of his career, Aaron is holding down a .272 batting average with 124 homers and 510 RBIs in 1,064 games.
Fox Sports notes that Hill’s contributions aren’t limited to his on-the-field talents.
“As soon as we determined that Aaron would be in Arizona long-term, he asked about getting more involved in the community and the APS Diamonds Back Field program was a great fit,” said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall.
In addition to Aaron Hill, the Diamondbacks also signed another of their potential free-agent infielders, third baseman Martin Prado, to a four-year, $40 million contract.
The club also signed popular outfielder Gerardo Parra to a one-year, $2.35 million deal.