According to a report from the Sun-Times, the Cubs have traded Rich Hill to the Orioles for a player to be named later. Once Baltimore clears a roster spot for Rich Hill, who is out of options, the trade will be made official.
The Baltimore Sun reported on Thursday night the two teams are discussing a trade involving Hill and that the Cubs have spoken to several other teams about Rich Hill, including the Seattle Mariners. The Orioles do not have an empty spot on their 40-man roster. The Sun-Times report mentioned the infamous PTBNL would be sent to the Cubs for the Hill. Rumors suggested last winter that the Orioles wanted Rich Hill and Felix Pie included in the trade for Brian Roberts…the Cubs, at the time, did not want to part with either player.
Trading Rich Hill would create another spot on the Cubs 40-man roster that currently stands at 39 until the signing of Paul Bako is made official.
Update – 9:04pm C.T. – The Sun-Times is the only outlet reporting this trade….stay tuned.
Will update soon, still collecting information….