The Brewers were working Tuesday to finalize a contract for veteran outfielder Mark Kotsay, who would bring another left-handed bat to a righty-heavy Milwaukee roster.
The pending deal was reported by FoxSports.com, which said Kotsay would get a one-year, Major League contract. Assistant general manager Gord Ash confirmed the sides were talking but said the team was still doing its due diligence when Miller Park was shut down at 3 p.m. CT because of a coming snowstorm.
Ash said a conclusion could be reached within 24 hours, even if the offices remain closed on Wednesday. The Brewers would have to clear a spot on their full 40-man roster for Kotsay.
The 35-year-old has played parts of 14 Major League seasons for six teams and spent the second half of 2009 and all of 2010 with the White Sox. He made 359 plate appearances for Chicago last season and batted .239 with eight home runs and 31 RBIs.
Kotsay appeared mostly as a first baseman and designated hitter for the White Sox in 2010, but has a lifetime .312 average as a pinch-hitter. He was just 3-for-12 in the pinch last season.
Kotsay could back-up Prince Fielder at first base, though Fielder has played at least 157 games in five straight seasons. Kotsay would more likely fit into a somewhat crowded outfield that features All-Stars Ryan Braun and Corey Hart as fixtures at the corners.
Carlos Gomez is expected to start the season as the regular center fielder, and Kotsay would presumably compete with Chris Dickerson for left-handed at-bats. The Brewers also have switch-hitter Brandon Boggs on the 40-man roster,
but Boggs has a Minor League option remaining. (Nope, Boggs is out of options. Thanks to Jim from Brewerfan.net for pointing out my mistake.)
Among the non-roster invitees to camp is former Mariners and Mets outfielder Jeremy Reed, another left-handed hitter who can play center field.
Kotsay is represented by Greg Genske, the same agent who has been in discussions with the Brewers about arbitration-eligible second baseman Rickie Weeks.