Brewers pick up Nats' castoff Patterson

The Brewers filled an opening at Triple-A on Saturday by signing center fielder Corey Patterson, released earlier in the week by the Washington Nationals, to a Minor League deal. He was expected to report to Nashville immediately.

Patterson, 29, has spent most of this year at the Nationals’ Triple-A affiliate in Syracuse, N.Y., where he batted .275 with seven home runs, 40 RBIs and a .318 on-base percentage in 84 games. During a brief, five-game stint with Washington, he went 2-for-15.

Best known by Brewers fans for his tenure with the Cubs from 2000-2005, Patterson has appeared in the big leagues in each of the past 10 seasons.

“He’s made some adjustments hitting,” Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said. “His on-base percentage over the past month or so had improved. He was out there, and after we traded Cole Gillespie, we had a spot for him.”

The Brewers traded Gillespie, a corner outfield prospect, to the D-backs in the Felipe Lopez deal.

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