TORONTO - As of Thursday’s workout, the Blue Jays hadn’t yet informed Aaron Hill whether they are going to pick up all the remaining years on Hill’s contract.
Hill’s $5-million salary for 2011 is guaranteed but until this season begins, the Jays have the option to lock him up for 2012 and 2013 at $8 million a season and for 2014 at $10 million. If they choose to wait until after the season, they can only pick up the options for 2012 and 2013.
“It’s natural to think about it,” Hill said. “But the Jays know I want to stay here, so hopefully I’ll be here for a long time.”
Since Hill underperformed in 2010, there is little incentive for the Jays to lock him up right now. If he has a strong season in 2011, there is every chance they would renegotiate for 2014 anyway.