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Shawn Hill to Blue Jays two days after signing with York

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While the York Revolution still retain his Atlantic League rights, and he and the organization have agreed to a contract, starting pitcher Shawn Hill has been signed by the Toronto Blue Jays for the third time in his career.  The transaction comes just two days after he agreed to a contract with York on March 21.

Hopefully Hill will at least make Toronto’s Triple-A club in Buffalo out of what’s left of spring training, but if there isn’t a spot for him when camp breaks, he very well could be back with the Revolution shortly.  Turning 33 on April 28, Hill has shown no indication he is leaning toward retirement yet.  Upon agreeing to a return to York, Hill had been throwing for MLB scouts, and as it turns out the Canadian’s home-Provence organization was intrigued enough to take a flyer on him.

Hill, who has pitched in seven Major League seasons between 2004 and 2012 for Montreal/Washington, San Diego and Toronto, became the third Revolution alum to reach the Majors in 2012.  He did so after setting a franchise record for consecutive scoreless innings at 27.2 (five straight scoreless starts) before re-signing with Toronto, after making four starts for the Blue Jays in 2010.  (He missed all of 2011 with an injury).  In 2012 he also became the second former Rev to go from York to the Majors in a single season, joining outfielder Tike Redman (2007, Orioles).  On September 29, 2012, Hill became the first Revolution alum to earn a winning decision in a Major League game, when he made the first relief appearance of his MLB career.  His three scoreless innings gave him the win over the Andy Pettitte-led Yankees at Rogers Centre in Toronto.  He has 45 MLB appearances on his card, 44 starts.

Prior to the 2013 season, Hill signed as a free agent with the Detroit Tigers, and spent the season at Triple-A Toledo.  He was the club’s opening day starter and started 26 games, but did not reach the Majors.  Should Hill make the Blue Jays 25-man roster, or appear in a big league game with Toronto at any time this season, he would be the first Revolution alum to reach/return to the big leagues twice.

-Paul Braverman

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