Phillies Acquire Koyie Hill from the Nationals
Hill just turned 35 years old and has a career .553 OPS in 1,027 Major League plate appearances spread out over ten seasons. He has only been higher than third-string on his teams’ depth charts for a very small portion of his career, and that won’t be any different with the Phillies. He’ll serve as organizational depth, starting the season with either Triple-A Lehigh Valley or Double-A Reading and will be the team’s first line of defense should Carlos Ruiz or Wil Nieves suffer an injury.
Hill’s resume isn’t particularly impressive, but players of his type do have a bit of value beyond their stat sheets. Hill can work with the Phillies’ young catchers like Cameron Rupp and Tommy Joseph, along with the non-catchers in the clubhouse as well.
This isn’t the type of trade that, one day in the future, makes you look back and say, “that was when everything changed”, but it is one that benefits the Phillies.