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Twins bolster rotation with veterans Rich Hill, Homer Bailey

The Minnesota Twins added two veteran arms to their starting rotation, signing free agents Rich Hill and Homer Bailey to one-year deals, the team announced Tuesday.

Sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan that Bailey’s deal is for $7 million, while Hill starts with a $3 million deal that could reach $12.5 million with incentives.

Hill, who will turn 40 on March 11, is not expected back until midseason after having what is called primary repair surgery, which has a recovery time of six months.new nike nfl jerseys cheap

If he returns in time to make 15 starts or throw 75 innings, Hill’s salary will jump to $12.5 million, a source told Passan. He can earn $1 million for reaching five starts or 25 innings, another $1 million for seven starts or 35 innings, an additional $1 million for nine starts or 45 innings, $1.5 million more for 11 starts or 55 innings, $2 million on top of that for 13 starts or 65 innings and a $3 million bonus for his 15th start or 75th inning.4

Bailey, 33, finished last season with a combined 13-9 record, 4.57 ERA and 149 strikeouts for the Oakland Athletics and Kansas City Royals, who acquired him for minor league infielder Kevin Merrell before the July trade deadline.

Hill’s career has taken him on a winding path in which he suffered a torn labrum, underwent Tommy John surgery, temporarily converted into a reliever, pitched in the independent league and shuffled through eight different major league organizations.

He did not establish himself as a major league starter until he was 27, and he didn’t necessarily blossom until the age of 36, when the crafty left-hander won 35 games, pitched 378⅔ innings and posted a 3.09 ERA from 2016 to 2018. The Dodgers acquired Hill from the Oakland Athletics in August 2016, then signed him to a three-year, $48 million extension four months later.nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal

The Dodgers valued Hill for his devastating curveball, his competitive spirit and his clubhouse presence. Hill was slowed coming out of spring training in 2019, then carried a 2.55 ERA through about eight weeks until suffering a flexor tendon strain in his left elbow on June 19.

Upon returning on Sept. 12, Hill aggravated a knee injury he suffered earlier in the season. It was thought that his season — and perhaps his career — was over. But Hill fought to make it onto the Dodgers’ postseason roster, recorded eight outs in Game 4 of the National League Division Series, and then, upon elimination, stated his intentions of continuing to pitch.