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Koyie Hill and Cubs avoid arbitration with one-year deal

Jan 12, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

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Koyie Hill was arbitration eligible for the second time after earning $700,000 last season, but he’s avoided the process by agreeing to a one-year, $850,000 deal with the Cubs.

Hill has spent the past four seasons with the Cubs after previously being let go by the Dodgers, Diamondbacks, and Yankees, but has hit just .211 with a .271 on-base percentage and .299 slugging percentage in Chicago.

He’ll serve as Geovany Soto‘s backup again this season after totaling 231 plate appearances and 60 starts last year.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 12, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    I really don’t think there’s much to Koyie. I’d be interested to see who wins the backup job this Spring between him and Max Ramirez.

  2. BC - Jan 12, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    Eh. If you can get Soto up to 125 starts, this guy wouldn’t be bad to keep around. He knows the pitchers, anyway.

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