I was initially intrigued by the trade that brought Hill over from the Brewers. It did not cost Boston much, just a couple of minor leaguers who were not high on the team's top prospects list. And Boston needed production from third base with injuries and ineffectiveness to Pablo Sandoval and Brock Holt and a prolonged slump from Travis Shaw. Hill was also capable of filling it at second if need be. At the time of the trade, he was hitting .283/.359/.421 with eight home runs and 29 RBIs. He was having a decent year.
Unfortunately some times things just do not work out. Hill's numbers took a nose dive and he never looked comfortable in Boston. Over the next few months, he hit just .218/.287/.290 with just two home runs, three doubles, and nine RBIs. Pathetic numbers really. He ended up buried on the bench in the postseason and only had one plate appearance, he struck out. So it was no surprise at all that Boston never seemed interested in bringing him back.