Hall traded to Seattle for 25-year-old A-baller
The Brewers found a taker for Bill Hall and at least some of his hefty contract on Wednesday, when they traded the infielder to the Mariners for a Class A reliever.
Milwaukee gets 25-year-old right-hander Buddy Flores, who had recently been promoted to the advanced Class A California League. The Brewers assigned Flores, whose given first name is Ruben, to their own advanced Class A affiliate in Brevard County, Fla.
The Brewers announced their deal a little less than an hour before Wednesday’s series finale against the Pirates and did not specify whether any cash was included in the transaction. Hall is in the middle of a four-year, $24 million contract that pays $6.8 million this season and $8.4 million in 2010. It includes a club option for 2011 at $9.25 million with a $500,000 buyout.
SI.com reported that the Brewers agreed to pay the rest of Hall’s 2009 salary, plus “a large portion” of what he’s owed in 2010, “perhaps as much as $7.15 million.”
Hall, a 1998 Draft pick, had been the longest-tenured player in Milwaukee’s organization before the team designated him for assignment last week. He batted .201 in limited duty this season with six home runs and 24 RBIs. The Mariners, whose GM, Jack Zduriencik, was Milwaukee’s amateur scouting director until last year but did not draft Hall, needed a third baseman to replace disabled third baseman Adrian Beltre.
Flores surrendered 15 runs in his first 10 1/3 innings for the High Desert Mavericks, a former Milwaukee affiliate, but spent most of the year with Clinton in the Midwest League, and posted a 2.30 ERA and 18 saves in 36 games.