Bill Hall Released: Twins Should Grab Him While They Can
News just broke today that the Brewers made some moves that constitutes somewhat of a monumental shake up for them. In one day they demoted J.J. Hardy, fired their pitching coach, and released Bill Hall.
I think the Twins should solve a problem of the past and apparently the future and pick up Bill Hall while they still can. He is young, versatile, and still has tons of potential. It was not all that long ago he was considered one of the best up-and-coming second basemen in the league.
Since his monster season in 2006 Hall has not had the same form. They say it's because he is constantly tweaking his swing. Personally I think a change of scenery would benefit him greatly. I personally think he felt under-appreciated in Brewer land.
This year Hall is only batting .201. Not much better then our current second basemen, however if you look at the numbers and look at the way he plays I think he would fit into the Twins style of play very nicely. Better yet is that they could probably get him for pretty cheap considering the number lines for the last two years.
Look at it this way though. Hall would be coming to the Twins with something to prove. He would also come as a possible option to solidify the second base position. While with the Brewers Hall was overshadowed all but one year. First it was J.J. Hardy, then Prince Fielder, then Ryan Braun, so on and so forth. He never got the recognition he deserved for being such an integral part of that team, which probably led to some unvoiced frustration, which would lead to poor numbers and performance.
Now I definitely understand that the Twins have more important areas of need to address (the rotation for example). With the Twins calling up Jeff Manship today they believe they have helped address the bullpen issue. That remains to be seen. I think if they went out and made a waiver deal for another starting pitcher and picked up Bill Hall they would be a greatly improved team.
Like I said earlier though, this is just my opinion. What the Twins do and how they attempt to keep playoff hopes alive remains to be seen.
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