Billy Hall

The latest news is that Billy Hall is officially a “part-time player” for the Brewers and as such, he wants out of Milwaukee.

Would he be a good fit with the Mets?

On the one hand, he’s a righthanded hitter who has displayed power in the past, and he can play several positions. On the other hand, he strikes out once every three or four times he comes to the plate, and the fact he won’t be a “team player” and accept his demotion in Milwaukee is a bright red flag.

Who knows, though, he could be something of a spark. In a new environment, and on the biggest stage in the world, he might be more accepting of a part-time role. He’d certainly have a chip on his shoulder, eager to prove the Brewers wrong, and that is a major motivator for some players — it could cause him to play over his head, at least for a while (think: Richard Hidalgo).

A few problems, though. First, it looks like the Mets “spark” occurred last week. If this news came out ten days ago, I might be more interested in stirring up the pot. Second, the positions Hall plays are 3B, SS, 2B, and CF. Hall isn’t going to get many reps at SS and 3B, and with Damion Easley around to spell Luis Castillo, there isn’t room at 2B. That leaves left field, where Fernando Tatis is doing fairly well in Moises Alou’s absence. And if Alou ever comes back, Hall will be relegated to the bench.

Now, if he were able to play first base (he’s never played it before), THEN there might be some real value.

Oh, and then there’s that little problem of the Mets having no trading chips to speak of (my Aaron Heilman man-crush precludes me from including him in any deals).

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. isuzudude June 4, 2008 at 10:10 am
  2. JIMMYJ723 June 4, 2008 at 5:24 pm
    I’m a fan of Bill Hall, he can do a little bit of everything. He hits for power, steals bases and play a bunch of positions. Unfortuantely, he doesn’t play any of those positions very well. It would be nice to have him come off the bench but thats exactly why he wants out of Milwaukee. I doubt he’d want to go anywhere he can’t be a starter.

    I dont’ think he’ll get dealt anyway. Right now he’s platooning with Russell Branyan. It’s just a matter of time before Branyan’s average drops below .200 and gets sent back to the bench. He does the same thing every year. He’ll hit about 8 HRs in the first 2 weeks as a starter and then strikeout 20 times the following two weeks.