Counsell on Wednesday agenda?
The Brewers were so focused on pitching Tuesday that they never had a chance to meet with the agent for infielder Craig Counsell to discuss Milwaukee’s contract offer. Both sides say they would like to sit down before the end of the Winter Meetings, so that probably means they would have to clear time in the schedule on Wednesday.
I’m updating this post after reading what agent Barry Meister told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel late Tuesday, that Counsell is OK with a one-year deal. I heard earlier in the day from someone else that he was hoping to parlay his strong 2009 season into a two-year deal, but it appears that may not be the case.
Counsell will turn 40 before the end of next season but coming off a 2009 in which he batted .285 with a .357 on-base percentage while appearing at three infield positions for the Brewers. He’s an important offseason target for Milwaukee because the team has an injury-prone second baseman in Rickie Weeks, a rookie shortstop in Alcides Escobar, a sophomore third baseman coming off minor knee surgery in Casey McGehee and no experienced in-house bench options outside of Minor Leaguer Hernan Iribarren, who is mostly limited to second base. The Brewers did add versatile infielder Adam Heether to the 40-man roster since the end of the season, but he has never played in the Majors.
Meister was expected to meet with a number of other teams interested in Counsell on Tuesday.
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