Well, it wasn’t for Bronson Arroyo or Aaron Harang, but Bill Hall is no longer a Milwaukee Brewer. In return, the Brewers receive minor league reliever Ruben Flores.
Tom Haudricourt updated his first blog post, saying that the Brewers will also be paying a large portion of Hall’s salary — crediting SI.com, he notes that the Brewers will pay the rest of Hall’s salary this year, as well as a large chunk of next year’s salary (as much as $7.15 million).
I guess it’s better than just eating the entire contract by releasing him, but it’s also less than what many were expecting to get in a trade for Hall, even if the Brewers would’ve had to add in some mid-level prospects to sweeten the pot. For as frustrating as Hall has been the past couple years, he takes with him plenty of good memories, too. For that reason, I hope he can find his swing again and become a solid contributor. With any luck, Flores will contribute something in a bullpen role.