Astros reach deal with Hall
The Astros have reached an agreement with the versatile Bill Hall, sources confirmed to MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart on Friday. According to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, Hall will become the Astros’ new second baseman on a one-year contract that’s worth about $3 million and includes a mutual option for 2012.
Hall, 31 on Dec. 28, signed with the Red Sox last offseason as a utility man but wound up playing in 119 games and getting nearly 400 plate appearances due to a rash of injuries. In that time, the right-handed hitter batted .247 with 18 homers and 46 RBIs while appearing in left field (55 games), second base (51), right field (nine), center field (seven), shortstop (six), third base (five) and even pitching an inning.
For his nine-year career – which saw him spend his first seven-plus years with the Brewers – Hall is a.250 hitter with a .310 on-base percentage and 122 homers. Of his 940 games in the field, 155 have been played at second base.
— Brian McTaggart