Astros sign Bill Hall

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, Last Updated: 5:24 PM ET

Houston - The Houston Astros announced the acquisition of free agent infielder Bill Hall on Monday to a one-year contract worth $3 million.

The deal includes a mutual option for 2012 worth $4 million and a $250,000 buyout if the club opts out of the contract.

"Bill brings some additional offensive punch to our lineup," said general manager Ed Wade. "He hit 18 home runs in limited at-bats last year with Boston, and we think our offense is enhanced with run-producing potential."

Wade added that the team's plan is to play Hall at second base on a regular basis.

The 30-year-old hit .247 with 18 homers and 46 RBI in 119 games with the Boston Red Sox in 2010.

Since breaking into the majors with Milwaukee in 2002, the Mississippi native is a career .250 batter with 122 homers, 201 doubles and 425 RBI in 984 games playing for the Brewers, Mariners and Red Sox.

With Hall on board, it may to spell the end of second baseman Jeff Keppinger's tenure in Houston.


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