Scouting Report

BOB ELLIOTT -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:16 AM ET

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- In a mini-version to George Bell winning the 1987 AL Most Valuable Player award and losing his job in left, meet Bill Hall of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Hall was manager Ned Yost's shortstop in 2006 and he earned the Brewers MVP honours.

This spring Hall, who signed a four-year, $24-million US deal, finds himself in centre as J.J. Hardy returns from surgery to claim back his shortstop job. Hardy had season-ending ankle surgery.

Brady Clark was in centre opening day 2006, but he hit .263 with four homers and 29 RBIs mostly out of the lead-off spot. Now Clark will be used in a back-up role, along with ex-Jay Gabe Gross.

The Brewers will use Corey Hart in right and return Geoff Jenkins to left field where he played before moving to make room for Carlos Lee in 2005. Kevin Mench will platoon with Jenkins.

The Brewers boast one a set of hard throwers with closer Francisco Cordero, who often sees his fastball regularly clocked at 98-99 m.p.h.

Should former all-star Derrick Turnbow find the strike zone he will be the set-up man or perhaps battle Cordero for the closer's job.


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