The Brewers today signed switch-hitting outfielder Brandon Boggs to a one-year, Major League contract. A former fourth-round Draft pick of the Rangers, he appeared in 114 big league games over the past three seasons with Texas and batted .212 with eight home runs and 41 RBIs in 307 at-bats.
The Rangers designated Boggs for assignment in late August to make room for outfielder Jeff Francoeur and he was a Minor League free agent after the season. Boggs is a .265 hitter with 65 home runs and 282 RBIs in parts of seven Minor League seasons and is coming off a nice year with Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he hit .290 with a .406 on-base percentage and 35 extra-base hits.
Boggs played all three outfield positions in 2010 only adds to the Brewers’ depth at those positions. Left fielder Ryan Braun and right-fielder Corey Hart are locked into long-term deals, and Lorenzo Cain, Carlos Gomez (assuming he’s tendered a contract), Chris Dickerson and now Boggs can play center. The Brewers’ 40-man roster also includes utility man Joe Inglett, who, like Gomez, is arbitration-eligible and a candidate to be nontendered next week.
Cain, Dickerson, Gomez and Boggs have at least one Minor League option remaining.
Boggs is out of Minor League options, according to a club official, but Cain, Dickerson and Gomez each have at least one option remaining. So does Braun, although I’m going to go out on a limb and say he’ll make the big club.
“We like the player and we have roster space,” assistant general manager Gord Ash said. “He will compete for the last outfield spot, and, if he doesn’t make, it perhaps he will be Triple-A depth.”
Boggs turns 28 on Jan. 9.