Seattle Mariners Acquire Bill Hall from Milwaukee

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Seattle Mariners Acquire Bill Hall from Milwaukee
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The Seattle Mariners have announced that they’ve acquired third baseman/outfielder Bill Hall from the Milwaukee Brewers for minor league pitcher Ruben Flores.

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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