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Phillies pick up vet backstop Hill from Nationals

Catcher acquired for player to be named or cash, will likely provide depth in Minors

Phillies pick up vet backstop Hill from Nationals

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies acquired catcher Koyie Hill from the Nationals on Monday 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.

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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.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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