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Brewers ready to trade Hall? The Brewers were close to re-signing third baseman Mike Lamb on...

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Brewers ready to trade Hall? The Brewers were close to re-signing third baseman Mike Lamb on Monday, a move that could lead to a trade of Bill Hall. The Yankees are among the teams that have expressed interest in Hall, who could fill a utility role in both the infield and outfield for New York. However, Hall's remaining salary — $6.8 million in 2009 and $8.4 million in 2010 with a $9.25 million or $500,000 buyout for 11 — would be a significant obstacle to any deal. The Yankees also have interest in Brewers center fielder Mike Cameron, who — like Hall — is close friends with the team's principal free- agent target, left-hander CC Sabathia. Hall and Sabathia attended the Oscar De La Hoya fight Saturday in Las Vegas. Lamb will rejoin the Brewers at the minimum salary, with his previous team, the Twins, paying the rest of the $3 million that he is owed in 2009. Lamb and Hall could form a left-right platoon at third for the Brewers if no trade is made.

Ken Rosenthal