Cubs Sign Koyie Hill to 1-Year Deal — Wrigley Field 1/12/11

Posted on 12 January 2011 by Lou

The Chicago Cubs and Catcher Koyie Hill have agreed upon a 1-year, $875,000 deal for the 2011 MLB schedule.  The 2 sides avoid salary arbitration with the announcement of the deal.  You gotta love Hills sentiments about having the negotiations over — “In the bottom of my heart, I would probably scrape every penny I have to pay for a chance to do this.  Contract negotiations is something that’s part of the game, but I’m happy it’s over, I’m happy I’m a Cub and I’m happy the Cubs organization thinks enough of me to want to have me back.”  Nice — can we get more guys like this please?!

Hill started 60 games for the Cubs in 2010.  Hill had a .214 batting average with1 home run and 17 RBI’s.  Hill’s best season was the year before when he played in 83 games for the Cubs with Geovany Soto sidelined with numerous injuries during the 2009 campaign.  Hill batted .237 with a .312 on-base percentage that year with 2 HR’s and 24 RBI’s.  But he was praised more for handling the pitching staff with ease, even catching 26 straight games from July through August.

Hill is a great addition to have in the Cubs locker room.  This is a great keep for the Cubs and hopefully they can work something out for the next 2-3 years to keep Hill in the mix…

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