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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Hall Inks One Year Deal

From Adam McCalvy at MLB.com:

Versatile infielder Bill Hall and the Brewers agreed on a one-year contract before Thursday's Cactus League opener, but the team hopes to continue talks about a multiyear extension.

About an hour before he started at third base against the Giants, Hall visited the upstairs offices at Maryvale Baseball Park and formally signed a 2006 contract, reportedly worth $420,000.

Hall was the final member of Milwaukee's 40-man roster to agree to terms and is eligible for salary arbitration after the season. The Brewers are looking to buy out two of his arbitration years with a deal through 2008.

"I'm on the cover of the [media guide] and they're trying to sign me for a couple years, so I know they want me around for a while," Hall said. "That tells me I'm going to be a part of the team."

And that feels good after the Brewers brought in another third baseman, veteran Corey Koskie, in a surprising offseason trade with the Blue Jays that likely cost Hall an opportunity to be the everyday starter. Koskie, a left-handed hitter, and Hall, a right-handed hitter, are expected to split duties this season.

"I've always trusted in my ability," Hall said. "But you try to figure out where you're going to fit in, where you're going to be playing."

Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said the team has had a multiyear offer on the table "for some time," but said Hall's agent, Scott Pucino, expressed a desire to sit down in person with his client sometime next week.

Hall started at third on Thursday because the Giants featured left-hander Noah Lowry and Jack Taschner, and he finished 1-for-3 with a double. Hall is coming off a breakthrough season in which he hit .291 with 17 home runs and 62 RBIs while playing three different positions.


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