Hill switches agents; D-backs weigh club option

Hill switches agents; D-backs weigh club option

PHOENIX -- D-backs second baseman Aaron Hill has switched agents, moving from the Beverly Hills Sports Council to Greg Genske.

"I had six great years with Beverly Hills Sports Council and made the difficult decision to make a change," Hill said.

The D-backs hold an $8 million club option on Hill for 2012, and while they'd like to have him back, they would prefer to work out a new deal. General manager Kevin Towers had preliminary discussions with Rick Thurman of BHSC following the conclusion of the National League Division Series, and he hopes to pick those up with Genske.

"There was some good dialogue with Rick early," Towers said. "We're kind of at a standstill."

How things shake out with Hill will certainly impact how the D-backs approach the rest of the offseason.

If they do bring Hill back, the D-backs would then focus their efforts on finding some depth in the infield to cover themselves should shortstop Stephen Drew take longer than expected to recover from last July's ankle surgery.

If they are unable to bring Hill back, the D-backs could shift Ryan Roberts from third to second and then search for a third baseman either via trade or the free agent market.

Towers said the team had within a week of the conclusion of the World Series to decide whether or not to exercise Hill's $8 million option.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @dbackswriter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.