Long Island Ducks

Dodgers keep free-agent pitcher Rich Hill with 3-year deal

Those days of pitching for the Long Island Ducks, out of the majors and almost out of luck, happily seem far away now for Rich Hill.

The left-hander who resurrected his career after a detour to independent ball got stability and a lot more Monday. The free agent re-signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers for three years and $48 million.

"I think it's something that has been an incredible journey to get to this point, but never did I ever think that I would pack it in," the 36-year-old Hill said at the winter meetings in suburban Washington.

"I never thought I was done," he said.

Still, to many, he seemed stuck. At least, that's how it appeared...

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