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

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
Year Team G AB R H HR RBI BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG
2005 TOR 105 361 49 99 3 40 34 41 2 1 .342 .385 .274
2006 TOR 155 546 70 159 6 50 42 66 5 2 .349 .386 .291
2007 TOR 160 608 87 177 17 78 41 102 4 3 .333 .459 .291
2008 TOR 55 205 19 54 2 20 16 31 4 2 .324 .361 .263
2009 TOR 158 682 103 195 36 108 42 98 6 2 .330 .499 .286
2010 TOR 138 528 70 108 26 68 41 85 2 2 .271 .394 .205
2011 TOR-ARI 137 520 61 128 8 61 35 72 21 7 .299 .356 .246
2012 ARI 156 609 93 184 26 85 52 86 14 5 .360 .522 .302
Total   1064 4059 552 1104 124 510 303 581 58 24 .327 .432 .272

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