Astros show interest in Bill Hall
The Astros had a couple of conversations Tuesday with the agent for free agent Bill Hall, a versatile player who hit 18 homers and drove in 46 runs for the Boston Red Sox last season. Hall has extensive experience at second base, which is an area the Astros are trying to upgrade.
“We’ve had a couple of conversations, but it was nothing very substantial,” said Terry Bross, the agent for Hall.
Astros general manager Ed Wade told reporters during a media briefing Tuesday afternoon the club is looking at options at second base. Jeff Keppinger won the starting job last season and led to the release of Kaz Matsui, but the club envisions second as a place where it can get better offensive production.
Hall, 30, is a career .250 hitter with 122 homers and 425 RBIs since he broke in with Milwaukee in 2002. He can play pretty much anywhere in the infield and can even handle some limited outfield duties, but he has extensive experience at second.
The Astros have already signed Clint Barmes to add some punch to the offense at shortstop, and Wade said second base is the one area on the field they could still upgrade.