Report: Hall seeks trade from Milwaukee
Agent says longest-tenured Brewers player wants new home
MILWAUKEE -- For the second time during the Brewers' current homestand, Bill Hall is taking his displeasure public.On Monday night, Hall's agent, Terry Bross, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Hall wants the Brewers to trade him. Hall's displeasure stems from the team's decision to split starts at third base between Hall and lefty-swinging Russell Branyan. Since Branyan's promotion from Triple-A Nashville on May 24, Hall has not started a game against a right-handed pitcher. He's hitting .162 (22-for-136) against right-handers this season, including a groundout Monday night against D-backs reliever Tony Pena. "If Billy's not going to be an everyday player, it's probably best for him and the team to be traded," Bross told the newspaper. "They could get a pitcher for him that would really help the team. I'm sure there are some teams out there that could use a third baseman or shortstop." According to the report, Bross had not formally asked Brewers general manager Doug Melvin for a trade. Hall's potential trade value has fallen since 2006, when he led the team with 35 home runs and 85 RBIs as a fill-in at shortstop for an injured J.J. Hardy. Hall was rewarded the following winter with a four-year, $24 million contract. He is currently in the second season of that deal, earning $4.8 million this year. He is owed $6.8 million in 2009 and $8.4 million in 2010, and the Brewers have a $9.25 million option for 2011 with a $500,000 buyout. Hall started on Monday night against Arizona left-hander Doug Davis and finished the day 1-for-3 with a sacrifice fly. He's expected to start again Tuesday against another left-hander, Randy Johnson, and will enter the game hitting .227 with nine home runs and 23 RBIs. The Brewers drafted Hall in the sixth round of the 1998 First-Year Player Draft. He's the longest-tenured player in the entire organization.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.