Hall turned 31 this year; he hit well after a trade to the Dodgers after a June 27th trade from the Devil Rays. Hall didn’t like being a backup and requested a trade in July. Today’s signing indicates that he just couldn’t find full-time work anywhere, since A.J. Pierzynski plays a good 135 games a year.
Hall is a solid defender and his right-handed stick complements A.J. well. He’s got a high-contact hitting style but little power or ability to draw walks. Hence, the lack of interest in him as a starter.