Another day, another former-foe joins the fold. This time, it’s catcher Koyie Hill who will be joining the “right side of the rivalry.” Hey, it worked out for Ryan Theriot, didn’t it?
Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports broke the news via Twitter late this afternoon.
He later added the rest of the info at FOXSports.com.
Hill, a career .211 hitter, is valued mostly for his contributions behind the plate. The Cubs went 106-88 in his starts from 2007 through 2011. Hill’s veteran presence and knowledge of the National League Central likely would be valued by new Cardinals manager Mike Matheny.
Of course, the Redbirds already have a beloved veteran behind the plate in Gold Glover, Yadier Molina. However, with Tony Cruz and Bryan Anderson as the only back-up options (who have caught a combined 28 career Major League games), it will be nice to have the experience that Hill brings. The three will compete for the official back-up spot come Spring Training.
Granted, Hill’s offensive numbers leave a lot to be desired. His .194 average in 46 games last year has some Cards fans less-than-pleased with the move. But, it’s his “solid defense” that will give him a shot at making the roster with his long-time rivals.
Meanwhile, the bullpen addition rumors continue…
Tara is a St. Louis Cardinals reporter for Aaron Miles’ Fastball and a contributor to Around the Horn. Follow her on Twitter @tarawellman.