Wednesday, January 06, 2010
SOX TRADE KOTCHMAN FOR BILL HALL
With the acquisition of Adran Beltre, Casey Kotchman became expendable. So the Sox shipped Kotchman to Seattle for 30 year old utility man Bill Hall. The Sox will also receive a minor leaguer to be named, and a wad of cash to help cover Hall's $7M salary.
Hall split time with Seattle and Milwaukee last year, and played 2nd, 3rd, and all 3 outfield positions. He's also played some short-stop in the past. In 110 games, he hit .201 with 8 homers. He's strictly bench material, but Milwaukee's still paying for most of his contract.
I'm still not sold on the Beltre move, and I probably won't be unless he hits 40 homeruns this season. I'd almost rather keep Kotchman at 1st, move Youkilis to 3rd, and save about $6 million for the 2011 free agent market. I know corner infield defense is really really important these days, but Beltre is simply a waste of money.