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Hall, Brewers Agree to 4yr $24M Deal

MILWAUKEE — Bill Hall and the Milwaukee Brewers agreed Monday to a $24 million, four year contract.

Hall, who is slated to play center field for the Brewers, gets a $500,000 signing bonus, $3 million this year, $4.8 million in 2008, $6.8 million in 2009 and $8.4 million in 2010. The Brewers have a $9.25 million option for 2011 with a $500,000 buyout.

“We are pleased to know that Billy has made this commitment to the Brewers’ organization and to the fans,” Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin said. “His mentality for accepting the team concept, his work ethic to get better every year and his improving performance gave us the confidence needed in committing to this multiyear contract. Billy has worked hard to deserve this kind of contract and we are looking forward to having him lead our club to the next level.”

Hall made $418,000 last year and had asked for $4,125,000, and the Brewers had offered $3 million. His agreement was first reported on the Web site of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

“The timing was just right,” Hall told the newspaper in a telephone interview from Phoenix. “I always wanted to stay in Milwaukee. We’ve got a good thing going there. Now, I know I’ll be there for a long time.”

Hall took over at shortstop last season when starter J.J. Hardy injured an ankle and finished with a .270 batting average in a career-high 148 games. He compiled 78 extra-base hits and 297 total bases, also club highs.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

In my opinion this deal works if Bill Hall finds a permanent position.

He is slated to start in CF for the Brewers in 2007. He has been a utility man for his entire career and a move to CF doesn’t seem to be permanent, not with top prospect Ryan Braun (who is currently at 3B) possibly moving to the OF and most likely CF.

Hall’s best position is 3B and it is currently occupied by Corey Koskie. But we all know that Corey Koskie carries a 90% cahance of getting injured. This creates a problem, or does it? I think Bill Hall will eventually end up at 3B or LF. He is not a CF and the Brewers can’t afford to have a utility player averaging $6M over the next 4 seasons.

I expect Hall to be at 3B and to have a good career there.

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