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Nats trade C Koyie Hill to Phillies

Mar 17, 2014, 6:03 PM EST

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Apparently content with their current catching depth, the Nationals traded veteran backstop Koyie Hill to the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday for a player to be named later or cash. MLB.com first reported the deal.

Hill signed with the Nationals just over a month prior as a free agent and appeared in 10 spring games with the team. He played well, hitting .385 with three RBI and two walks.

Hill is a 10-year MLB veteran with stints with the Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Cubs and Marlins. He played 18 games last season in Miami and holds a .206 career batting average in 331 total games.

The Nationals signed Hill just over a week before trading for backup catcher Jose Lobaton back in February. Since acquiring Lobaton it was clear who their number one and two catchers would be heading into the season.

Behind Lobaton and starter Wilson Ramos is a crowded group that includes Jhonatan Solano and Sandy Leon. Hill will now compete for a backup catching role in Philadelphia where Carlos Ruiz is the starter.

The Nationals reassigned Hill to the minor leagues earlier in the day.

  1. natsjackinfl - Mar 17, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    Uhhh oh. Wil Nieves may be out of a job.

    • nats128 - Mar 17, 2014 at 7:19 PM

      Do you think they are willing to eat Nieves contract. I thought this was #1 guy in Reading for them.

      • natsjackinfl - Mar 18, 2014 at 8:36 AM

        Nieves better fits their apparent age requirement of 34 or older. Koyie Hill must be for future consideration as he seems way too young.

  2. NatsLady - Mar 17, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Point was raised by Nationals Prospects that we may get Adrian Nieto (Rule 5 pick to the White Sox).

    http://nationalsprospects.com/2014/03/nats-rained-out-in-lakeland-next-set-of-cuts-hill-traded-for-ptbnl/

  3. sjm308 - Mar 17, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    Hey. maybe we can get Jimmy Rollins.

    Serously, nice move by Rizzo to sign Mr. Hill and then hopefully get a useful prospect later on,( I am never crazy about getting a cash return).. Just as you can’t have enough pitching, having lots catchers in spring training is huge as well. Those bullpen sessions early on are important and to be able to throw to a veteran guy and get feedback is huge. Hard to figure out where C. Snyder goes but I am betting it will not be the minor leagues. It is amazing to me how these guys continue to hang on and it is a credit to their determination to achieve that goal of playing major league baseball.

    • NatsLady - Mar 17, 2014 at 7:03 PM

      I bet Ryne Sandberg would LOVE for Jimmy Rollins to be the PTBNL… unfortunately, Rollins can nix any trade, and he recently said he would, at least until it’s June and the Fillies are in the basement. So much for guys wanting to be on a winning team. He’s got his ring, and he wants his personal records.

    • natsfan1a - Mar 18, 2014 at 9:14 AM

      Nah, I’d hold out for Utley. ;-)

      “Hey. maybe we can get Jimmy Rollins.”

  4. nats128 - Mar 17, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    EJax pitching on MLB Network.

    • nats128 - Mar 17, 2014 at 7:30 PM

      Chad Tracy has lost weight and looks comfortable with the bat in his hands. Hes hitting .240 this Spring which is great for him. He has competition as the Angels also have Carlos Pena.

      • NatsLady - Mar 17, 2014 at 7:40 PM

        Yes, he has. He was pretty chubby there for a while. EJax looks the same.

  5. NatsJim - Mar 17, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Hill is a youth movement for the Fillies.

  6. NatsNut - Mar 17, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    They signed Hill a week before trading for Lobaton? You know what that was? Rizzo lowering the Rays leverage in the trade talks. Probably got us the extra prospect(s) in the deal. And now Hill could be getting more playing time with Philly and we get more bodies for him. That Rizzo’s a thinker, aint he?

    • ArVAFan - Mar 17, 2014 at 9:40 PM

      Well, he can’t have valued Hill too highly to have traded him within the division. Of course, he may have decided that one player one way or the other wouldn’t matter, given the rest of the Phillies.

      • Steady Eddie - Mar 17, 2014 at 10:38 PM

        With a player at Hill’s level – potentially capable but fighting for a backup spot – you go where the best market is. Unless the player would be a significant final piece for a contender within the division, which as you noted the Phillies are not.

      • therealjohnc - Mar 18, 2014 at 1:04 PM

        Honestly, with Hill I’m surprised they got anything for him at all. Nothing personal, it’s just that the Nationals are not going to give him a 40 man roster spot and I’m pretty sure that as a veteran he can refuse a minor league assignment. So he was going to become available anyway. Any return that they get on Hill is pure gravy.

  7. Sec 3 My Sofa - Mar 18, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    He does have > 5 years of service time, which is the cutoff, IIRC.

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hillko01.shtml

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