Astros to sign Bill Hall
The Astros on Friday reached a contract agreement with free agent Bill Hall, a Major League source confirmed for MLB.com. Hall drove in 18 home runs and drove in 46 runs for the Boston Red Sox last season and would likely play second base.
Astros general manager Ed Wade had no comment.
Wade had several conversations with the agent for Hall during the Winter Meetings last week, and his addition completes Wade’s desire to upgrade the middle of the infield offensively. The Astros traded for Clint Barmes last month to play shortstop, and the addition of Hall certainly gives the middle of the infield the pop it lacked last year.
The move means Jeff Keppinger could be traded.
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.