The Angels hired 11-time Gold Glove winner Omar Vizquel as a roving minor league infield instructor, the first step in the post-playing career for the potential Hall of Fame shortstop.

Vizquel will be in major league camp next month. He'll switch over to minor league camp when it opens in March. Vizquel has said in recent years his goal is to eventually become a big league manager.

"I think it's a great move for us," Angels GM Jerry Dipoto said. "It's a tremendous presence. What our infielders, both young and old, can learn from him is incalculable. It's tremendous what he brings to the table. I think it's the start of the next career for Omar Vizquel."

Vizquel, 45, played last season with the Toronto Blue Jays, hitting .235 in 60 games. It was his 24th major league season, including 11 with the Cleveland Indians.

He is considered one of the best defensive shortstops in baseball history. Vizquel hit .272 in his career, with 2,877 hits. He will be eligible to first appear on a Hall of Fame ballot in December 2017.

INFIELDER HALL SIGNS

Bill Hall, 33, a veteran of parts of 11 major league sea?sons with six teams, agreed to a minor league deal with the Angels. Hall will be in big league camp and will have a chance to compete with Andrew Romine, Brenden Harris and Luis Rodriguez for the backup infield job that was vacated by Maicer Izturis.

Hall spent most of 2012 playing with the Baltimore Orioles' Triple-A affiliate, hitting .246 in 90 games. Hall's best years were with the Milwaukee Brew?ers from 2005-08. In 2006 he hit .270 with 35 homers and 85 RBI.