Mercedes out, Kotsay in

The Brewers just formally announced their one-year deal with Mark Kotsay, including the corresponding roster move necessary to get him onto a full 40-man roster. The victim is right-hander Roque Mercedes, who was designated for assignment to clear a spot. 

Mercedes’ second stint with the Brewers lasted less than two months. He originally signed with the Brewers out of the Dominican Republic in 2005 but was traded along with outfielder Cole Gillespie to the D-backs for Felipe Lopez in 2009. The Brewers re-acquired Mercedes, now 24, via the waiver wire in December. 
As reported yesterday by SI.com and the Associated Press, Kotsay will earn a $800,000 base salary in 2011, plus up to $450,000 in incentives. 
In other moves, the Brewers agreed to 2011 terms with pitchers Mike McClendon and Rule 5 Draft pick Pat Egan. Twenty-six players on the 40-man roster are officially signed for this season.
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