Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Yankees agree to terms with Bill Hall

The Yankees offseason just got busy again. They have agreed to a one-year, minor league contract with IN/OF Bill Hall. Hall provides reliable insurance for most of the positions on the field. He can hit for power and gives the Yankees another possible choice for their open designated hitter slot. Last year with San Francisco and Houston, Hall struggled. The year before, he played well for Boston. If he is not with the team by April 4th, he can leave the team and will make $600,000 with incentives based on plate appearances.

The work is only halfway complete. The Yankees still need to find a full time DH. They are apparently close to signing Raul Ibanez. He would be a good hitter at Yankee Stadium because of his pull power, but he will be 40 this summer, which is a cause for concern. Also, he has only started one game at DH in his career. I prefer Damon over Ibanez because of age, overall production, and him being a proven clutch player for the Yankees and other teams in the AL East.

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