February 9, 2013
Aaron Hill's new deal well-deserved
By MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill attempts to throw out a runner during a game against the Rockies at Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz., Oct. 3, 2012. (CHRISTIAN PETERSEN/Getty Images/AFP)

Aaron Hill blows a crater-sized hole in the theory that nice guys finish last.

Hill, one of the most popular players to ever wear a Blue Jays uniform and now a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks, has reached agreement with his National League team on a three-year, $35-million extension that keeps him under wraps through the 2016 season.

A fan favourite during his time in Toronto, the second baseman was a first-round selection by the Jays in the 2003 draft (11th player taken overall).

In 2009, he put together a breakthrough season when he hit .286 with 37 doubles, a career high 36 homers, 108 RBIs and 103 runs scored.

It proved to be the high-water mark for Hill in his tenure with the Jays as his stats tumbled down each year after that.

When he was traded to the Diamondbacks in August of 2011, Hill looked completely lost at the plate and was hitting just .235 with six homers and 45 RBIs in 104 games.



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