Rich Hill not ready to retire: 'I want to win a World Series'
Rich Hill isn't prepared to call it a career just yet.
The left-hander, who's coming off of a one-year deal with the Minnesota Twins, is chasing an elusive championship ring and will do anything to improve his chances of getting one this winter as a free agent.
"Now it's almost looking at Vegas and seeing who is going to win the World Series next year and calling them up," Hill told Rob Bradford of WEEI while discussing how his free-agent mindset has changed over the years. "That's how I feel. I want to win a Word Series and I want to be a part of that."
Hill, who will turn 41 years old in March, was integral to the Los Angeles Dodgers' success from 2016 to 2019. The Dodgers won the World Series in his first year away from the team, ending a 32-year drought.
"I feel like I'm in great shape," Hill continued. "I feel like I obviously have the ability to contribute and contribute in a big way.
"That's why we chose Minnesota last year. Coming off the season where they won over 100 games and seeing they had the opportunity that they put themselves in to be competitive. And not only be competitive but really have a chance to win. Unfortunately, it didn't work out."
While the Twins produced another strong campaign - winning their second straight division title - the club fell flat in the playoffs, with the Houston Astros sweeping Minnesota and extending its MLB-record postseason losing streak to 18 games.
When healthy, Hill has been effective since making his way back from unaffiliated leagues as a 35-year-old. Over 38 2/3 innings with the Twins in 2020, the hurler authored a 3.03 ERA and 3.99 FIP. The journeyman missed some time due to shoulder fatigue, including the end of the season.