Mariners acquire Hall from Brewers
Seattle sends Minors pitcher to Milwaukee for utility man
DETROIT -- The Mariners acquired veteran utility man Bill Hall from the Brewers on Wednesday for Minor League pitcher Ruben Flores.
"We value Bill as a versatile player who can play the outfield and three infield positions," general manager Jack Zduriencik said. "Billy has been a starting shortstop, third baseman and center fielder in his career. He has been a very solid Major League player who brings you experience and versatility. We look forward to Billy's contributions as he starts a new page in his career."
The deal includes "cash considerations," with the Brewers picking up all of the money remaining on the $6.8 million salary this season and most of his $8.4 million for next season. Hall signed a four-year, $24 million contract prior to the 2007 season. The deal includes a club option for 2011.
"We can take a look at him this year, and he might be like a Ronny Cedeno type with more offensive upside for us," Zduriencik said. "He gives us a lot of versatility."
Hall, 29, will join the Mariners on Thursday in Detroit. A corresponding roster move will be made to make room on the 40- and 25-man rosters. Left-handed pitcher Erik Bedard, who recently underwent surgery on his throwing shoulder, probably will be moved from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-man DL, creating a spot on the 40-man.A move on the 25-man roster would come prior to Thursday's game against the Tigers.
Hall had his best season in 2006, when he batted .270 with 35 home runs, 39 doubles and 85 RBIs. His 78 extra-base hits tied for eight-most in the National League and 35 home runs ranked 10th.
But he was batting .201 with six home runs and 24 RBIs in 76 games for the Brewers this season and was designated for assignment on Aug. 12."He's never repeated that breakout season he had a couple of years ago, but he's a hard worker, a good person, and we're going to give him the opportunity in Seattle," Zduriencik said. "I talked to him and he was very excited about the change of teams, change of leagues. He's a good guy."
Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu offered some insight into how Hall might fit in with Seattle.
"The biggest thing for us is to sit down and talk to him and see where he's at," Wakamatsu said. "He obviously has had a lot of success in his career with some big numbers and what happened [this year], we don't know yet. We will talk to him tomorrow -- sit down and talk to him.
"He's a versatile player and has proven he can hit. As we go forward, we'll see how he best fits. I can't really answer that right now. He hasn't played since Aug. 11. He has been in Arizona, and that is part of what we will talk about. But we do have some lefties coming up, and I'll probably put him in one of those games. Tomorrow we'll probably let him get acclimated to the club and look [to play him] in Cleveland.
Flores, 25, was 3-2 with 18 saves and a 4.39 ERA in 44 relief appearances combined between Class A Clinton and Class A High Desert. He limited opponents to a .225 batting average, while walking 35 and striking out 61 in 53 1/3 innings.
He was Seattle's 12th-round Draft choice in 2003.
Jim Street is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.