The Arizona Diamondbacks signed second baseman Aaron Hill to a three-year contract extension worth $35 million on Friday. Hill will make $5.5 million this season as he completes his original two-year, $11 million deal. The contract extension will cover the years 2014-2016.
Hill is coming off a fantastic 2012 season in which he hit .302 with 26 home runs, a .360 on-base percentage and a .522 slugging percentage.
The 30-year-old Hill was acquired from Toronto in 2011 along with shortstop John McDonald in exchange for second baseman Kelly Johnson in what might go down as one of General Manager’s Kevin Towers best deals.
Hill’s signing marks the second big signing for Arizona in the last two weeks, joining infielder Martin Prado, who signed a four-year, $40 million deal last week with the team. Hill, Prado, catcher Miguel Montero and outfielder Cody Ross are all signed through the next three seasons and represent the veteran core of the team moving forward. First baseman Paul Goldschmidt is under team control for the next five seasons.