Melvin "working on something" for Bill Hall
The Brewers have until Friday to settle Bill Hall’s future, but a resolution could come sooner.
slumping Hall was designated for assignment by Milwaukee on Aug. 12,
giving the team 10 days to trade Hall or release him and eat the more
than $10 million left on his contract. That window expires on Friday.
working on something,” Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said, an
indication that he had found a team willing to trade for Hall. “I’ve
gotten some interest. I don’t want to say which teams have called or
what we’re working on, though.”
A trade would require Melvin to
either take on an equally bulky contract or to include cash to cover
some or all of Hall’s remaining salary. Hall is making $6.8 million
this year, is due $8.4 million in 2010 and will get a $500,000 buyout
if a team isn’t willing to exercise his $9.25 million club option for
The Reds have been mentioned as one potential suitor for Hall, who has bashed Cincinnati pitching through the years. Cincinnati happens to have two pitchers — Aaron Harang and Bronson Arroyo — nearing the end of big contracts who have been mentioned in trade rumors this summer, but Melvin wouldn’t say whether that team was a match.