Phillies Acquire Koyie Hill from the Nationals

MLB.com’s William Ladson reported earlier today that the Phillies acquired veteran catcher Koyie Hill from the Nationals for a player to be named later or cash.

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.

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  1. Ryan

    March 17, 2014 09:23 PM

    Any idea why they prefer Hill over Lou Marson? Is it just a playing time thing in the minors where Hill won’t mind not playing while Marson will want to?

    • Bill Baer

      March 17, 2014 09:57 PM

      That is the reason, I’d imagine. They’re going to want Rupp and Joseph to get a healthy amount of playing time and Marson would cut into that more noticeably than Hill will.

  2. Mark66

    March 18, 2014 06:04 AM

    Are you sure they can’t use Boone ??

  3. Mike Lacy

    March 18, 2014 10:02 AM

    I guess Marson really should have blocked the plate in that Spring Training game. It cost him his job with the Phillies organization.

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