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Rosenthal: Yankees in “serious talks” with Bill Hall

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 30, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees might have found their second utility man.

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Yankees are in “serious talks” with veteran Bill Hall, a right-handed hitter with experience at second base, third base, shortstop and all three outfield positions.

Hall had a disappointing 2011, hitting just .211/.261/.314 with the Giants and Astros, but he works out in the offseason with Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long, and would presumably take a relatively small deal for a chance to prove himself again. Hall’s taken some heat in the past for disappointing seasons after signing lucrative contracts, but it’s hard to imagine him getting a significant deal coming off last season.

In the past, Hall’s shown pretty good power for such a versatile player. He would obviously be little more than a role player in the Bronx. By most accounts, he’s a tremendously good guy and a great clubhouse presence.

 
 

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66 Responses to “Rosenthal: Yankees in “serious talks” with Bill Hall”

  1. Benny Blanco January 30th, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Benny Blanco January 30th, 2012 at 2:12 pm
    Wow, vmart had micro fracture surgery..?…!!!! I had that surgery. The rehab is no joke!

  2. Rich in NJ January 30th, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    An offer of a mL deal should demonstrate sufficient seriousness to get Hall to run, not walk, to find a pen.

  3. Mike Ri January 30th, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    like shopping at K-mart… blue light special style

  4. theREALkevin January 30th, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    I don’t see how Nunez gets traded. Like Rich said, if Jeter or A-Rod got hurt (and there is a decent chance of this considering their age) would they really want Pena getting extended starts at SS or 3B? I doubt it. Plus I think they really like Nunez’s speed and he’s got some pop in the bat. He’ll be able to DH some, and fill in at infield positions when Jeter, A-Rod, and Cano DH. I doubt he gets traded unless some really favorable deal comes up for the Yanks.

  5. 4 NYY January 30th, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Hall ? Thought we needed a lefty hitter to go with Jones at DH !

    Nunez can do as much ( or more ) as Hall at this point, IMHO.

  6. Ys Guy January 30th, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    bob ryan is on francessa and he’s picking the socks for 3rd place. of course that could put them into the PS…

  7. Oscar Madison January 30th, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Wow ! Bill Hall works out with kevin Long ! ! He is a STUD.

  8. 108 stitches January 30th, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Mike Ri January 30th, 2012 at 2:17 pm
    like shopping at K-mart… blue light special style

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    That’s a Boston thing to do. Their GM (Cherington) is getting adept at dumpster diving and the season has yet to start. When the weather warms up he’ll be prominently seen at yard / garage sales.

  9. Bronx Jeers January 30th, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Didn’t know that Hall once hit 35 dingers for the Brewers. 2006.

    What’s that all about?

  10. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    The chances of 3 teams coming out of the AL would be slim and none, especially the AL East….not with the Rangers and Angels bulking up.

  11. Erin January 30th, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Gossip Break: http://tiny.cc/jdwhl

  12. Erin January 30th, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Gossip Break Part 2: St. Jetersburg Edition

    http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/b.....2/34626401

  13. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    The chances of 3 teams coming out of ***one of the AL divisions***

  14. Ys Guy January 30th, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    well, i dont think two WC teams would come out of the east either but it is possible. of course, i wouldn’t have expected 2 WC teams from the east last year (had there been a 2nd WC team then) but the socks would have been that team in 2011.

  15. DONNYBROOK January 30th, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    The R\Sox have No need to “dumpster dive”. They Are a dumpster. 2yrs running and No Playoffs with the 2nd highest payroll in MLB. Time to empty the trash in Boston.

  16. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    2012 isn’t 2011 for the Angels though. They just might beat Texas out for the West title. Not sure Texas improved, but, neither did the Red Sox.

  17. DONNYBROOK January 30th, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    You guys continue to overlook Toronto. They have gained ground rapidly since dumping\$$$ Rios and Wells. I currently have Toronto 3rd and Boston 4th in the AL East.

  18. 108 stitches January 30th, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    If all things go right for them, Toronto could be a sleeper pick as the last Wild Card team.

  19. sammiejohnson January 30th, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    DONNYBROOK January 30th, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    2yrs running and No Playoffs with the 2nd highest payroll in MLB.

    ___________________________________

    The Phillies had the second highest payroll in 2011.

  20. DONNYBROOK January 30th, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Toronto gets a full-blown “breakout” outta Lind and their offense is flyin’.

  21. DONNYBROOK January 30th, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    - sammie -
    My mistake. Thanks

  22. blake January 30th, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    I still think Toronto is a piece or two away….but they should be pretty good. Id still pick them 4th on the east right how though.

  23. Ys Guy January 30th, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    here we go with the “the jays are getting better’ posts, we had a ton of them last year and they turned out to be nothing, another .500 team. Actually, last year when everyone was so sold on the improving Orioles and Jays, both teams took a step backwards.

  24. blake January 30th, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    I don’t think anyone said the Jays were going to win the east or even push fir the WC last year…….only improve and I think they are an organization that’s trending in the right direction.

  25. Ys Guy January 30th, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    the point was that everyone said the al east was going to be tougher because the O’s and J’s were both getting better, in fact the opposite happened and thats why had there been 2 WC teams they both would have come from the east.

  26. Bret The Hitman January 30th, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    blake January 30th, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Could it mean Nunez is being discussed in other talks?

    *********

    Phil Hughes + Eduardo Nunez could be the base of something big. We know the Braves like Nunez.

  27. Patrick January 30th, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Is it really that unrealistic to think that the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays finish with a better record than the Angels (or Rangers)? All 5 teams are good, they could finish in any order. The AL east could easily have 3 playoff teams in 2012, if they go to the expanded wild card

  28. Tom in N.J. January 30th, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Is is me or does it seem like the Jays have been ‘heading in the right direction’ for, like, the last 10 years or so?

  29. Joe from Long Island January 30th, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Tom in N.J. – hey, when you’re heading in the right direction, why change things?

  30. MTU January 30th, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Bret-

    What do you have in mind for Hughes and Nunez back from the Braves ?

    That doesn’t even sniff Heyward.

    Too much for Prado.

  31. DONNYBROOK January 30th, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    I would focus on dealing AJ and if I had to, include Nunez. I find it hard to subtract Both AJ and Hughes from the rotation. That’s taking a Big bite outta the starting rotation, and cutting the depth there considerably.

  32. stuckey January 30th, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    “Phil Hughes + Eduardo Nunez could be the base of something big. We know the Braves like Nunez.”

    Who do you want from the Braves?

    Heyward isn’t happening.

  33. Bret The Hitman January 30th, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Maybe Hughes + Nunez gets Jurrjens and Jurrjens is spun to the Royals for Billy Butler.

  34. Bret The Hitman January 30th, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Or Alex Gordon.

  35. Tom in N.J. January 30th, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Doc Joe, true. Sooner or later, though, they need to arrive..

  36. MTU January 30th, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    JJ is damaged goods.

  37. Patrick January 30th, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    The Yankees need hitters, the Braves also need hitters. Why would they trade for Hughes and Nunez and give us a hitter? It makes zero sense

  38. DONNYBROOK January 30th, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Considering the season Heyward had in 2011, I wouldn’t trade Hughes for Heyward straight up. I’d consider a AJ and Nunez for Heyward and Prado, and haggle how much of AJ\$$$ the Yanks eat.

  39. Patrick January 30th, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Donny,

    lol

  40. blake January 30th, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    “Considering the season Heyward had in 2011, I wouldn’t trade Hughes for Heyward straight up.”

    That’s crazy…..Heyward was hurt last year and is going to be a stud….he’ll bounce back big his year

  41. LGY January 30th, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    The chances of 3 teams coming out of the AL would be slim and none, especially the AL East….not with the Rangers and Angels bulking up.

    ———

    Considering three teams would have come out of the AL East three out of the past four years gonna have to take the over on slim and none

  42. stuckey January 30th, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    “Considering the season Heyward had in 2011, I wouldn’t trade Hughes for Heyward straight up. I’d consider a AJ and Nunez for Heyward and Prado, and haggle how much of AJ\$$$ the Yanks eat.”

    Which does you little good if Atlanta hangs up the phone laughing.

    Heyward is 22 years old and had a .850 OPS as a 20 year-old in the major leagues.

    It’s incredible the often slave-ishness to last season’s stat sheet around here.

  43. blake January 30th, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Id trade a bunch for Heyward if he were available but he’s not….and the Yanks don’t really match up well with the Braves.

  44. Tom in N.J. January 30th, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    If I’m Cashman I ask for Kimbrel and Venters too.

    If I’m trading A.J. Burnett and Nunez I’d want a huge return back.

  45. jacksquat January 30th, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Hughes can’t be traded, he’s in the BSOHL!

  46. DONNYBROOK January 30th, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    - blake -
    We will see what Heyward does in 2012. To date, his resume is extremely thin. I also believe you guys undervalue AJ in the NL. At roughly maybe $8-$10 Mill a season, he would be a steal over there.

  47. blake January 30th, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Donny,

    The Braves need offense badly and Heyward was the best prospect in baseball two years ago and had a really food rookie year….he was hurt in 2011 and got into some bad habits. He’s a guy that has legit .950 OPS potential the way he walks.

    A more realistic package if the Braves were interested would be like Banuelos, Nunez, Gardner, and Sanchez/Williams.

  48. Jerkface January 30th, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    To date, his resume is extremely thin.

    But Hughes is extremely fat.

  49. Patrick January 30th, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Donny,

    Trading for Heyward would likely cost 2 top prospects and possibly more. That means Banuelos/Betances, etc.

    Heyward was the consensus top prospect in all of baseball going into the 2010 season and he fulfilled that promise with an very good rookie season. Yeah he had a bad 2011, but that is likely just a sophomore slump that he will improve upon in 2012. Heyward would cost A LOT to acquire.

  50. Bronx Jeers January 30th, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    I also believe you guys undervalue AJ in the NL. At roughly maybe $8-$10 Mill a season, he would be a steal over there.

    ——————————————————————————————-

    Why? Is the plate wider in the NL?

  51. sammiejohnson January 30th, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    I also think it is a big strech to think that any NL team would say it is a “steal” to have AJ at $8M/$10M a year.

  52. pat January 30th, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    “But Hughes is extremely fat.”

    He was declared BSOHL this morning!

  53. stuckey January 30th, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Hey, if it helps Hughes 1/2 has much as it seemingly helped Berkman…

  54. Nick in SF January 30th, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    “Ys Guy January 30th, 2012 at 2:56 pm
    here we go with the “the jays are getting better’ posts, we had a ton of them last year and they turned out to be nothing, another .500 team. Actually, last year when everyone was so sold on the improving Orioles and Jays, both teams took a step backwards.”

    “Ys Guy January 30th, 2012 at 3:06 pm
    the point was that everyone said the al east was going to be tougher because the O’s and J’s were both getting better…”

    I propose we call this the “Everyone Said” Lohud Fallacy.

  55. blake January 30th, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Bucholtz plans to sit 2012 out.

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com

  56. Patrick January 30th, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Taylor, not Clay

  57. LGY January 30th, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    How much of Berkman’s success in 2011 do attribute to him being in the BSOHL?

  58. Patrick January 30th, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    How much of Berkman’s success in 2011 do attribute to him being in the BSOHL?

    I know this is a joke but I think people forget just how good Lance Berkman was before he hurt his knee.

    Career .296/.409/.545 hitter

  59. Erin January 30th, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    JonLaneNYC #Yankees commence ’12 regular season 3:10 p.m. 4/6 in St. Pete http://bit.ly/xtG3WO

  60. stuckey January 30th, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    “How much of Berkman’s success in 2011 do attribute to him being in the BSOHL?”

    No idea.

    Couldn’t hurt.

    And I suspect people are starting to really enjoy using the “BSOHL” acronym.

  61. blake January 30th, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Oh…did I forget to say Taylor :)

  62. pat January 30th, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Superbowl Tweet……

    MarkHerzlich
    2 yrs ago I was told I might never walk again. Just WALKED off plane in Indy to play in The #SuperBowl. #TakeThatSh*tCancer

  63. blake January 30th, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Berkman swung the bat well for the Yankees too from the left side after his DL stint….

  64. Pat M. January 30th, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    blake….the issue with Berkman was that the Astros brought him back too soon in 2010…..He just have satyed in Coco Beach and continued to rehab…..Then again there was some talk that he wanted to get back as well as it was a contract year….But The Stros did push him too soon….

  65. Giuseppe Franco January 30th, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Tom in N.J. January 30th, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Is is me or does it seem like the Jays have been ‘heading in the right direction’ for, like, the last 10 years or so?

    ———–

    Exactly.

    We’ve been hearing these so-called warnings about the up and coming Blue Jays for the last 5 years and they’ve yet to finish higher than 4th place during that span.

    And I don’t expect this upcoming season to be any different because there are clearly 3 teams in this division that are still better than the Jays.

  66. 362chop January 30th, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Going to nutshell this one…..Bill Hall SUCKS!!! Isn’t there anyone in Scranton better than him?? Joke.


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