Pirates Made Offer to Bill Hall?

The Pirates may have an offer out to Hall.

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe has an interesting tweet, implying that the Pittsburgh Pirates have made an offer to Bill Hall, and that Hall could be the starting second baseman if he accepts the offer.  The only way that would happen is if the Pirates moved Neil Walker from second to third base, and Pedro Alvarez from third to first base.

Hall has a career -4.2 UZR/150 in his limited time at second base.  He’s been better defensively at third, with a 3.9 UZR/150 rating.  Hall would make more sense as a third baseman, with Alvarez moving to first, and Walker remaining at second, where he could improve on his defense.  On offense, Hall hasn’t exactly been a great hitter.  In 2005-2006 he combined for a .280/.344/.525 line in 1038 at-bats.  Since then, he has combined for a .233/.297/.405 line in 1534 at-bats, although he did have a .247/.316/.456 line in 344 at-bats during the 2010 season.

This is all based on a very vague tweet that seemed to come from out of nowhere (I haven’t seen Hall connected to the Pirates anywhere else), so take it for what it’s worth.  I’m not against moving Alvarez to first base to upgrade the defense at third.  I am against moving Walker to third base to make this happen, as it focuses too much on the short term, and doesn’t give Walker a chance to improve at a position he just moved to in 2010.  As for adding a third baseman, I think the right player needs to be acquired to make the move work.  I’m not sure Hall is that player, since his numbers over the last four seasons haven’t looked like the numbers you would want from a starter at any position on the field.

UPDATE 8:35 PM: Cafardo has an update, saying that a Pirates source said that if the team signed Hall, he would not play second base.  That still leaves open the question as to whether the Pirates made an offer.  Cafardo talks as if there was an offer made, but that hasn’t been reported anywhere else.

Share This Article

Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

Pirates Inquired on Octavio Dotel

Next Story »

Pirates Offering Paul Maholm

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    There has been nothing heard about trading Walker has there?

    • Anonymous

      I haven’t heard anything. But, I wouldn’t imagine the Pirates trading Walker unless they were overwhelmed. They have no viable options or bigger prospects at second in the minors. Hall would not be the long term option. So, in essence, you would be getting rid of a young, blooming 2B and adding a below average 2B in Hall.

      Now, if the Pirates were to get a higher ranked, young minor league 2B in return for Walker, along with a young pitcher, etc., that would be a different story.

  • Anonymous

    Hall was a strike machine for the Sox this year. Feast or famine – K or HR….not enough HRs to make up for all the Ks for my liking. He can play anywhere, though

  • Todd Smith

    I might be interested if they brought Hall in to play SS – even though he hasn’t played there in 3 or 4 years.

Latest Analysis

  • (Photo Credit: David Hague)

    What Led to Keon Broxton’s Breakout Year in Altoona?

    10 hours ago

    Keon Broxton used to be one of the top prospects in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ farm system. Baseball America ranked him as high as tenth in the system ...

    Read More
  • Adrian Sampson

    Don’t Forget About This Pitcher When Creating Your Pirates Dream Rotation

    1 day ago

    If you’re setting up a dream rotation for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the not-too-distant future, then you’re going to be throwing out names like Tyler Glasnow, Gerrit ...

    Read More
  • (Photo Credit: David Hague)

    Jose Tabata Changed His Swing After Talking With Marlon Byrd

    2 days ago

    Yesterday, Jose Tabata put one on the roof of the batting cages over the left-field fence at Pirate City. Today, he added two more. By that pattern, ...

    Read More
  • Antonio Bastardo

    How Ray Searage is Trying to Fix Antonio Bastardo’s Control Issues

    2 days ago

    Tony Watson has established himself as one of the best left-handed relievers in the game. Out of 142 qualified relievers last year, he ranked 21st in WAR, ...

    Read More
  • (Photo Credit: David Hague)

    Q&A: Will PNC Park Burn Down When Neil Walker Eventually Leaves?

    2 days ago

    Last week we started a Q&A article that will run every Friday. Right after the first article went up, we got a lot more questions. Normally I’ll ...

    Read More
  • Tyler Glasnow

    The Change That Will Help Tyler Glasnow Reach His Upside

    3 days ago

    The 2011 draft made headlines for the Pittsburgh Pirates for two main reasons. They selected Gerrit Cole first overall, and gave him a record-setting bonus of $8 ...

    Read More
  • Browse More Articles