A versatile 29-year-old who has played six defensive positions during his eight-year major league career (2B, 3B, SS, LF, CF, RF), Hall was designated for assignment by the Brewers last week.
Though he has struggled in 2009, Hall is a career .253 hitter that can provide pop (102 career home runs, 367 career RBI) in a lineup desperate for offense.
Until Adrian Beltre’s return from the disabled list (at least 10 more days, due to a bruised testicle), Hall will likely take over as the team’s everyday third baseman.
The Mariners will need to clear a spot on the 25-man roster for Hall, and will probably option Jack Hannahan or Josh Wilson to Triple-A Tacoma to make room. Whichever player stays between Wilson and Hannahan will assume duties at shortstop until Jack Wilson can resume playing. He is currently out with a tight hamstring.
Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik is familiar with Hall from his time as a scout in Milwaukee.
Hall, who is currently owed $14.8 million over the next two seasons, will likely have most of his contract paid by the Brewers.
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