Former Southern right-hander Cody Hall has had a whirlwind few days.
Hall, who finished last season with the San Francisco Giants, learned Monday that he had been dropped from the organization’s 40-man roster to make room for newly acquired outfielder Denard Span.
But things got better for Hall on Wednesday when the Giants traded him to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a player to be named or cash considerations.
“He’ll have a better chance with Arizona,” said Southern coach Roger Cador, citing the Giants offseason acquisitions of standout pitchers Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija and their trickle-down effect on the roster.
Cador said Hall, who had a 6.48 earned run average in seven appearances in his first major-league stint last season, called him after being dropped from San Francisco’s roster. The coach called a friend of his – Diamondbacks senior vice president and general manager Dave Stewart – to put in a good work for the 28-year-old Hall, a 19th-round draft choice in 2011.
“Relationships make a difference,” Cador said. “Dave said he would have his scouts take a look at Cody. But that connection wouldn’t have made a difference if Cody didn’t have the talent to help them. It’s a good opportunity for him.”
Hall was 1-3 with three saves and a 3.46 ERA in 43 relief appearances with Triple-A Sacramento last season before being called up to San Francisco.