With only one spot on the 25-man roster still open before the team breaks
camp -- and it will go to a reliever -- time is running out on a pair of
position players who are out of minor league options and face an uncertain
Catcher Koyie Hill and outfielder Luis Terrero are in limbo.
They could be traded: Hill has drawn some interest from Boston, Milwaukee
and other clubs; Terrero could end up in Florida, where the young Marlins
are looking for outfield depth.
But if a deal doesn't go down soon, both could become available on the
waiver wire and Arizona could easily lose both. There's a chance Hill and
Terrero could both clear waivers and end up back in the Diamondbacks'
system, but it's doubtful.
Terrero has loads of potential and is learning the game. Hill grades out
well, too, and can hit major league pitching. One problems working against
him, however, is most clubs already have their catching in place at this
stage of spring training, but clubs might find him too talented to ignore.
Manager Bob Melvin has been impressed with both players and wishes there
were a way to prevent losing them, but it's a numbers game, and Hill and
Terrero are the among odd men out. Hill was hitting .480 (12 for 25) through
17 games this spring, Terrero .244 (10 for 41) in 19 games.
"You just have to play your game, trust it, and however it's going to end
up, do your job and play well," Melvin said. "You're going to end up
somewhere, and it's going to be a good situation for you."
So you weren't happy with the Chris Snyder/Koyie Hill/Kelly Stinnett rotation at catcher in 2005? …