Red Sox second baseman Bill Hall hops over Robinson Cano...

Red Sox second baseman Bill Hall hops over Robinson Cano on Jorge Posada's 2nd inning fielder's choice. (Aug. 9, 2010) Credit: David Pokress

Bill Hall broke the news himself.

"IT'S OFFICIAL IM A YANKEE!!!!!!!!" the veteran utilityman announced Tuesday afternoon on Twitter, adding, "#IwannaRing!!!!."

Hall agreed to a minor-league deal with the Yankees -- which is heavy on incentives if he makes the team out of spring training -- and will compete for a backup spot.

The signing of the 32-year-old righthanded hitter does not impact the team's pursuit of another bat, preferably a lefty, which manager Joe Girardi last week categorized as an "important" need.

One source said Tuesday nothing was "imminent" on that front in regard to any of the players the Yankees are talking to, a group headlined by Raul Ibañez, Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon. Eric Chavez also is still in play.

Girardi spoke highly of the 39-year-old Ibañez, who had a poor .289 on-base percentage in 144 games with the Phillies last year but did have 20 homers and 84 RBIs. It is believed the 39-year-old's preference is to reach a deal with the Yankees -- and the team seems to feel the same -- but as the source said, speaking generally of the DH options, "The price isn't right yet."

Girardi knows what Matsui and Damon are capable of but he said he had little doubt Ibañez could produce on the New York stage.

"When you think about Raul Ibañez, he's had success wherever he's went," Girardi said Friday. "And there could be other things that could happen [to add a bat]. I can't tell you it's going to be one of those three guys or anyone, but obviously we know they know how to play here."

Hall played a combined 62 games in 2011 with the Astros and Giants, hitting .211 with a .261 on-base percentage, before he was released by both teams.

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