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Angels release Bill Hall, could re-sign him to new minor league deal

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Bill Hall is a free agent once again. (USATSI)

The Angels have given utility man Bill Hall his unconditional release, reports Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register. He could return to the team on a new minor-league contract, however.

Hall originally signed a minor-league deal that included a March 26 opt-out clause. The Angels had to either add him to the 40-man roster, pay him a $100,000 retention bonus or release him by that date. The retention bonuses are standard for all players with six full years of service on minor-league contracts thanks to the new collective bargaining agreement. A new minor league deal would circumvent that.

Hall, 33, went 3 for 9 with three doubles in spring training before being sidelined with quad and calf problems. He had been the early leader for the team's final bench spot before the injuries. Hall told Fletcher he is open to re-signing with the Angels, but he will explore his options as a free agent first.

Since his breakout 35-homer season with the Brewers in 2006, Hall has hit just .231/.295/.396 (82 OPS+) in 563 big league games. He appeared in only seven games for the Orioles last season. One thing Hall does offer is versatility, as he has plenty of experience at the three non-first base infield positions and all three outfield spots.

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