According to several sources close to WEEI's Alex Speier, the Boston Red Sox have re-signed left handed reliever Rich Hill to a minor league contract. The agreement is reportedly a minor league deal that would pay Hill close to $750,000 if he is called up to the big leagues.
Hill, 31, was non-tendered by the Red Sox earlier this offseason in order to have more payroll flexibility. In the middle of the 2011 season, Hill had to undergo Tommy John Surgery to repair a nagging left elbow injury. Hill did not surrender a run in eight innings he pitched out of the bullpen, and showed flashes of being the team's lefty specialist last season.
In December, Hill began his throwing program ahead of schedule, and is working to break back and work off his successes last season.
"I'm trying to get as strong as I can for the start of the season. It wouldn't surprise me if I was ready by April 5. However, I'm not 100 percent sure how the rest of the program will go," said Hill, who lives in South Boston and has been working out in Woburn and at Fenway with Sox trainer Mike Reinold. "Health-wise, I couldn't feel any better. I'm out to 120 feet, throwing the ball on a line." (via WEEI)