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Diamondbacks, Aaron Hill agree to three-year, $35 million extension

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer
Hill hit .302 with 26 homers and 14 steals in 2012. (US Presswire)

The Diamondbacks and second baseman Aaron Hill have finalized a three-year contract extension worth approximately $35 million, Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com has confirmed. ESPN's Buster Olney first reported the deal. The team intends to announce the agreement later Friday.

Hill, 30, was scheduled to earn $5.5 million this year as part of the two-year pact he signed with the Diamondbacks last offseason. The new extension will be tacked on to his current contract, so Hill is now signed through 2016 for a total of $40.5 million. Arizona signed Martin Prado to a four-year, $40 million extension last week.

Hill came to the Diamondbacks with utility man John McDonald in an August 2011 trade that sent Kelly Johnson to the Blue Jays. He had the best season of his career in 2012, hitting .302/.360/.522 (131 OPS+) with 26 home runs and 14 stolen bases in 668 plate appearances. The performance earned him some MVP votes.

Aaron Hill Career Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2005TOR1053614999340344121.342.385.274
2006TOR15554670159650426652.349.386.291
2007TOR1606088717717784110243.333.459.291
2008TOR552051954220163142.324.361.263
2009TOR15868210319536108429862.330.499.286
2010TOR138528701082668418522.271.394.205
2011TOR-ARI137520611288613572217.299.356.246
2012ARI1566099318426855286145.360.522.302
Total 1064405955211041245103035815824.327.432.272

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