For a player who was released by a last-place club, infielder Bill Hall is generating decent interest.
The Orioles and Nationals are among the clubs pursuing Hall, major-league sources say. The Yankees, a team that liked Hall last off-season, might consider him as well.
Hall, 31, thrived in a utility role with the Red Sox last season, but batted only .224/.272/.340 with the Astros after signing a one-year, $3 million free-agent contract.
The Orioles’ interest stems from their uncertainty over second baseman Brian Roberts, who is on the disabled list with concussion-like symptoms.
The Nationals apparently like Hall as a potential super-utility player, though it’s unclear how he would fit; Jerry Hairston Jr. figures to return to that role once third baseman Ryan Zimmerman comes off the disabled list.
The extent of the Yankees’ interest, if any, is not known. But they could view Hall as an upgrade for their bench, perhaps in the role originally intended for the injured Eric Chavez.
— Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi