Bringing in Sam Hilliard last offseason in a trade with the Rockies had the potential to be a sneaky good trade. While Hilliard's hit tool in his limited time in the big leagues had left a lot to be desired, his physical tools pointed to him having tremendous upside and he impressed a whole lot of people in spring training this year.
Unfortunately, Sam wasn't able to carve out a consistent role with the Braves in 2023 as his issues with strikeouts followed him to Atlanta. It is hard to find consistency at the plate off the bench anyways, but Hilliard's swing and miss issues proved to be problematic this season and Eddie Rosario got the bulk of the playing time as the lefty outfield bat once he got his feet under him.
The nail in the coffin, though, was when Hilliard injured his heel in July. Originally, it wasn't expected that that injury was going to keep him out for a long time, but he suffered a setback while on rehab assignment and ended the season on the 60 day IL. There are just too many question marks here unfortunately to warrant giving Hilliard a roster spot in 2024.