Phils Acquire Hill for Minor League Depth

The Phillies acquired catcher Koyie Hill from the Nationals today in exchange for cash or a player to be named later.

He will report to Minor League camp, where he is expected to be a backup at the upper levels. Cameron Rupp is expected to receive regular playing time this season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, while Tommy Joseph is expected to see the same with Double-A Reading. Wil Nieves will be Carlos Ruiz’s backup in the big leagues.

The Phillies recently released Lou Marson, who came to camp as a non-roster invitee on a Minor League deal. Hill provides the Phillies some veteran depth.

Hill, selected by the Dodgers in the fourth round of the 2000 First-Year Player Draft, has played 331 games in the Majors over 10 seasons with four teams: the Dodgers, D-Backs, Marlins and Cubs. He signed as a free agent with the Nationals early last month.

The veteran catcher has hit .206 (192-for-930) in his career.

3 Comments

They must have really not liked Marson or figured he deserved a chance to get a chance to be a backup somewhere else. Hill can’t play.

.206??? Seriously? We’re really entering ludicrous territory here. What is Amaro thinking these days??? Or is he just not thinking at all?

Is there any chance of acquiring anybody under 30? Oh, sorry they released Marson.

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