All over Major League Baseball, there are players young and old trying to make the roster of a certain team. The Los Angeles Angels brought journeyman Bill Hall in for a long look this spring. He showed a little bit of upside before a left calf injury sidelined him for the last few weeks. For someone in Hall’s position, that is not a very good spot to be in. What the Angels plan to do however, is a bit surprising.
Hall is 33 years old which isn’t young but not too old either. He is roughly the same age as Albert Pujols so that is a good comparison. His career average isn’t very far into the .200 range and the team would have to pay $100,000.00 to keep him on the major league roster. That isn’t going to happen which means they will have to release him. That certainly was a possibility going into the year for Hall but still would be disappointing.
That isn’t all that is going to happen though. Instead the Angels plan to release Hall and then turn around and sign him to a minor league contract so that he can begin the season in Triple-A. For Hall, who enjoyed the atmosphere in the Angels locker room and seems to love the team that is a pretty good consolation prize. He has been injured and unable to perform to his potential and yet the Angels are still reaching out to sign him, albeit after they release him. That’s a pretty cool gesture. Makes you wonder what role Hall could potentially play for the powerhouse angels later in the season.