Brewers 40-man roster about to fill up

Craig Counsell and Randy Wolf became the 37th and 38th players on Milwaukee’s 40-man roster when they signed their contracts on Monday. Reliever LaTroy Hawkins should become No. 39 on Wednesday, when he’s scheduled for a physical to finalize a two-year deal, and another reliever, Claudio Vargas, should become No. 40 after his physical on Friday to finish a one-year pact.

So where do the Brewers go from here? General manager Doug Melvin might be finished with his major moves, partly because he’s butting against the team’s payroll ceiling and partly because he’s addressed the major holes by acquiring Wolf, Hawkins and new catcher Gregg Zaun and retained the versatile Counsell. Melvin will still have an eye on potential deals, but any splash after this week would probably come via trade, and not via free agency.

“As far as higher-profile free agents, I don’t think we’re going to get involved,” Melvin said Monday.


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