Four teams interested in super utilityman Bill Hall, but Yanks and Dodgers most aggressive.
The Yankees had expressed interest about a month ago in Hall, but since then we haven’t really heard his name attached to them.
Hall, not quite 31, fills a need for the Yankees as a right handed outfielder. During his career Hall has a .790 OPS against lefties and a .736 OPS against righties so he somewhat helps the Yankees contrast with Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson who struggle against lefties.
He can more than just play in the outfield as well. Hall played all three outfield positions last year as well as some short and some third. He also has experience at second base during his career. He’s essentially Jerry Hairston Jr. with more power and plate discipline so it makes sense that the Yankees are interested in him.
He doesn’t exactly have a lot of pop in his bat, but he is no slouch either. Last season with the Red Sox Hall had a .456 slugging percentage and a .772 OPS while hitting 18 homers in 344 at bats.
Not only is Hall an improvement to what the Yankees have now, but he would make Eduardo Nunez expendable. A few teams, most notably the Braves, have inquired about Nunez in the past. Not including Nunez in a trade with Seattle last season might have actually cost them Cliff Lee. If the Yankees sign Hall that might make them more likely to include Nunez in a package for pitching.
So what do you think? Do you like Hall as a bench player for the Yankees? Or should they stick with what they currently have?