WEDNESDAY: Doug Melvin says he’s "not really motivated" to trade Hall at this time. Makes sense, since trading him now would mostly be a salary dump.
TUESDAY: According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, third baseman Bill Hall would prefer to be traded. He’s unhappy about losing playing time to Russell Branyan, and believes his willingness to switch positions in each of the last two seasons should’ve bought him more latitude.
Hall, 28, is hitting .225/.295/.418 in 201 plate appearances. He’s a year removed from his last .800+ OPS month. Would positional stability help Hall return to his 35 home run form? Will any team have the patience to find out?
Hall earns $4.8MM this year, $6.8MM in ’09, and $8.4MM in ’10 (with a $9.25MM option for ’11). I can’t imagine much of a trade market for him given his recent hitting. Can you think of a team with a need at third or short that would make sense for Hall?