Seattle Mariners Acquire Bill Hall from Milwaukee

Seattle SportsnetCorrespondent IAugust 19, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 19:  Bill Hall #2 of the Milwaukee Brewers in the field  against the New York Mets at Citi Field on April 19, 2009 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

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.