Bill Hall To The Pirates?

Of all the weird rumors coming out of the Winter Meetings, this one might take the cake.  Bill Hall certainly wouldn’t take Neil Walker’s spot at second base would he?    [UPDATED 9:00PM...Tweet posted below....Hall wouldn't play second base, please return to watching the second coming at Consol]

We will try and get more information to you on this as we get a response.  Hall, who turns 31 later this month, batted .247/.316/.456 with 18 home runs, 46 RBI, nine stolen bases this past season.  He would be attractive as a utility player for the Pirates, but to start at second base, well that could get interesting. 

Hall was speaking with the Astros this week.  He is one of the last of a dwindling number of outfield options (65 games in 2010) available on the market, but in 2010 Hall did play 51 games at 2b, starting 38 of them.  Here are the (games played breakdown on the left-starts on right) from Baseball Reference.


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  • Eric Spada

    Here is the only way this makes sense:

    1. Trade Doumit.
    2. Move Jones into a platoon with Diaz in RF.
    3. Move Walker to 3B.
    4. Move Alvarez to 1B.

    If they draft Anthony Rendon, Alvarez would have to move to 1B (or Rendon, I guess). When Rendon is ready, move Walker back to 2B.