Brewers general manager Doug Melvin told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Saturday that he’d reached a tentative agreement with infielder Craig Counsell on a 2010 return. Melvin told the newspaper that the contract will be finalized on Monday.
That jived with comments late last week from Counsell’s agent, Barry Meister
, who said that he expected to have an answer either way on Counsell by Monday. Meister had a number of in-person discussions with Melvin at last week’s Winter Meetings and followed-up with a series of telephone conversations on Friday.
Counsell, 39, appeared in 130 games last season and batted .285. Assuming his deal — it will probably be a one-year pact but it’s unclear whether the Brewers offered an option for a second season — is finalized, he would be an important bench piece behind second baseman Rickie Weeks, shortstop Alcides Escobar and third baseman Casey McGehee or Mat Gamel.