Today the Chicago Cubs made a couple of minor moves. First, they avoided arbitration with back-up catcher Koyie Hill, signing him to a one-year, $850k contract. That’s right: Hill received a raise as a reward for hitting .552 last year. Correction. That was his OPS. A raise. He got one.

Did you get a raise this year? And now he’ll make $850k next year. Many folks won’t make that in a lifetime.

On a lighter note, the Cubs have brought back fan favorite (synonymous with gritty and scrappy) Reed Johnson on a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training. Johnson, 34, had a .657 OPS in a part-time role with the Dodgers last year, so he wasn’t going to get a big league contract. He’ll compete with some youngsters, assuming the Cubs don’t make an addition, for the fifth outfielder role. Right now, Fernando Perez – acquired in the Matt Garza trade – looks like his biggest competition.

  • Philoe Beddoe

    I am absolutely puzzled why the Cubs would pay Koyie Hill $850,000….

    .215 lifetime hitter…threw out a whopping 18% of runners last year….for a team concerned about money, I am pretty sure Castillo or this Ramirez lad they just picked up could probably post a .550 ops as a back-up catcher…

    I am pretty sure Todd Hundley could post those numbers

    • Hogie

      They gave him that money because, for whatever reason, the team wins games when he is behind the dish. In my opinion it is probably more luck than anything, but that is what gets him paid.