While Craig Counsell was taking part in a community event in Milwaukee on Monday, negotiations continued behind the scenes between his agent, Barry Meister, and the Brewers about a return in 2010.
Meister said he had several conversations with Brewers GM Doug Melvin on Friday, a day after Melvin departed the Winter Meetings in Indianapolis saying he was “confident” a deal would get done. As of Friday evening, no agreement had been reached.
“I think we’re getting close,” Meister said. “I hope one way or another, whether it’s with the Brewers or another team, that we’ll have something by Monday.”
Counsell spoke to students from Milwaukee’s Bruce Guadalupe Middle School on Friday at Miller Park about financial literacy, an event coordinated by Brewers Charities that was previously scheduled. He’s the only Brewers player who makes his year-round home in the Milwaukee area.
But Counsell is a free agent and his fine 2009 season has led to interest from other clubs, the Reds among them. The Brewers would like to bring him back as a backup infielder.
If a deal is struck Monday and can be made official, it could be a busy day for the Brewers. Left-hander Randy Wolf, who agreed to terms on a three-year contract during the Winter Meetings, has said he will be in Milwaukee that day for the requisite physical exam.