Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill bounded out of the batting cage Saturday and seamlessly picked up a conversation with teammate Stephen Drew right where it had left off. A couple days earlier, it was Hill and Willie Bloomquist, the two alternating wise cracks with turns in the cage.

Hill is coming off a six-week stint with the Diamondbacks last season, but judging by his comfort level in spring training, it's as if he's been with the team for years.

"It didn't take long to feel comfortable with these guys," Hill said. "They opened the door right away and made it feel like home."

And now it is. After signing a two-year, $11 million deal as a free agent early in the off-season, Hill moved his family to the Valley in December.

He's hoping to pick up where he left off last season.

Traded with infielder John McDonald by the Toronto Blue Jays for second baseman Kelly Johnson on Aug. 23, Hill proceeded to hit .315 with 16 extra-base hits in 33 games down the stretch, helping the Diamondbacks win the National League West.