It looks like the Orioles have gotten another player off the market, this time a major league veteran in Bill Hall.
From the Baltimore Sun: The Orioles have agreed to terms with veteran free-agent utility man Bill Hall, according to multiple industry sources.
He will report to the club’s Triple-A team in Norfolk and will replace Josh Bell, who was dealt to the Diamondbacks this weekend after he was designated for assignment.
The Orioles like his glove at third base and his ability to hit for power against left-handed pitching.
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He has a career line of .248/.307/.436, but his greates asset might be that he can play a variety of positions, including third base, second base, shortstop and both corner outfield spots.
I would think that Hall would serve as filler in the minors, and may serve as an insurance policy in the majors. In the past, he was 35-homer guy – in 2006 – but has never been able to duplicate that since.
He’s been floating around various organizations for a while now, but could be of some help to the Orioles.