Hall hopes offseason work pays off at Halos camp

TEMPE, Ariz. -- For seven years leading up to 2010, Bill Hall was a consistent big league contributor, posting a .251/.311/.443 line while averaging 131 games per season. In '06, he even hit 35 homers.

But finding work has been difficult these last couple seasons. In 2012, after a rough stint with the Astros and Giants the year before, the 33-year-old played in only seven Major League games with the Orioles, spending the rest of his season struggling with their Triple-A affiliate.

This offseason, the Angels gave Hall a shot on a Minor League contract just a couple weeks before Spring Training.

"It's life -- everything isn't going to be perfect," Hall said Wednesday upon arriving at Angels camp. "You're going to have to work. I put myself in these situations, and I have to work my way out of them. I feel like I'm still young enough to have some good years left. I'm just 33. Yeah, I played a long time, but 33 is not that old. I still have a few good ones left. Especially with the versatility I have in moving around and things like that, I can help this team in a lot of different areas."

Hall is among those competing for the backup infield spot this spring, along with Andrew Romine, Luis Rodriguez, Brendan Harris and Tommy Field.

Of that group, Hall is perceivably the most limited at shortstop. Hall looked to correct that this offseason, shedding about 20 pounds in order to be more agile and get more looks at the position he came up playing but has hardly seen time at since 2006.

The Angels, however, see the right-handed-hitter more as a backup at second base, third base and the outfield corners. So, if Hall does make the Opening Day roster, he'd probably do so alongside a backup shortstop.

Regardless, the Angels will have to make a decision on Hall by the end of the month. As an XX-B free agent, like Jason Isringhausen last spring, the club owes him a $100,000 bonus if it wants to keep him in the organization but not on the 25-man roster past March 26.

"I understand sometimes it's a numbers game," said Hall, who batted .246 with a .300 on-base percentage and 15 homers in 90 games for Triple-A Norfolk. "Moves have to be made, and they're not always what the team could do at the time, it's what they can do with the numbers and guys on the 40-man. I'm here, I'm in shape. No matter what happens, I know I worked my [butt] off to get where I'm at right now, especially with losing all the weight and getting some quickness back."