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Bill Hall drawing interest from Nationals and Orioles

Jun 10, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

Bill Hall

Released by the Astros earlier this week, Bill Hall is drawing interest from the Nationals and Orioles, according to Ken Rosenthal of

Rosenthal also notes that the Yankees pursued Hall during the offseason and could be interested in the veteran utility man again now.

Hall was released by the Astros two months into a one-year, $3 million deal after hitting just .224 with two homers and a .615 OPS in 46 games, which was a 160-point drop from his production with the Red Sox last season.

However, the 31-year-old Hall posted a .689 OPS in 2008 and a .596 OPS in 2009, so his solid season in Boston looks like the anomaly.

  1. Panda Claus - Jun 10, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    The O’s already have a similar option (Andino) playing now, and the guy they just DFA’d (Fox) was someone I also would prefer.

  2. fanchizedotcom - Jun 10, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Please keep Bill Hall and his career strikeout rate of 29% far, far away from the Yanks (unless of course he can pitch the 7th).

    • jimbo1949 - Jun 10, 2011 at 12:49 PM

      This would be one Astro too far.

  3. Utley's Hair - Jun 10, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    So the Bill Hall-Cole Hamels showdown again has a chance to happen?

  4. natstowngreg - Jun 10, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Not sure what the Nats would do with him, other than keep him at Syracuse as injury insurance. They already have two utilitymen as good or better in Alex Cora and Jerry Hairston.

  5. spudchukar - Jun 10, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Memo to the Nats and O’s GMs: He was RELEASED by the ASTROS.

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