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Orioles sign veteran utility man Bill Hall to minor-league contract

By Eduardo A. Encina

The Baltimore Sun

6:20 PM EDT, April 23, 2012

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The Orioles have agreed to terms with veteran free-agent utility man Bill Hall, according to multiple industry sources.

He will report to the club's Triple-A team in Norfolk and will replace Josh Bell, who was dealt to the Diamondbacks this weekend after he was designated for assignment.

The Orioles like his glove at third base and his ability to hit for power against left-handed pitching.

Hall spent most of his 10-year big-league career with Milwaukee, where he had a 35-homer, 85-RBI season in 2006, but the Orioles will be his seventh organization since the beginning of the 2009 season.

He has a career line of .248/.307/.436, but his greates asset might be that he can play a variety of positions, including third base, second base, shortstop and both corner outfield spots.

Hall, signed by the Yankees in the offseason, became a free-agent after he did not make the Yankees' 25-man roster.