MLB Free Agency 2011: Koyie Hill Non-Tendered By Chicago Cubs

The Chicago Cubs had to decided whether to tender contracts to their arbitration eligible players -- Koyie, Hill, Jeff Baker, Blake DeWitt, Matt Garza, Geovany Soto, Ian Stewart, and Randy Wells -- prior to 11 p.m. Monday night, and decided to extend offers to all eligible players except catcher Koyie Hill

The 32-year old Hill served as a backup to 2008 National League Rookie of the Year Geovany Soto, and only hit .194/.268./.276 over 46 games for the Cubs in 2011. SB Nation's Chicago Cubs blog, Bleed Cubbie Blue, wasn't exactly broken up about the decision to non-tender Hill:

So the Cubs will have a new backup catcher in 2012. Steve Clevenger seems the likely choice if the Cubs stay in-house; he hits well, and is also lefthanded, something MLB moguls seem to like in a backup catcher if the main guy hits righthanded.

Koyie Hill, for his part, seems like a good guy, and someone who, like a lot of catchers who can't hit much in the major leagues, might make a good coach or manager someday. He'll be 33 in March; if Koyie wants to stay in baseball, I hope Theo & Jed can find a place for him in the organization to begin a coaching career. 

The rest of the listed players were expected to receive tender offers from the team.

For more updates on Chicago sports, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage of the Cubs, head over to Bleed Cubbie Blue. Also, check out MLB Daily Dish for Cubs rumors and transactions.

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