Brewers working out deal with lefty Flores

The Brewers on Tuesday evening were still finalizing a Minor League contract for veteran reliever Randy Flores, a left-hander with the potential to fill one of Milwaukee’s needs left unfilled in the wake of Sunday’s nonwaiver Trade Deadline.

Flores, 36, asked for and was granted his release from the Yankees’ Triple-A club earlier Tuesday. He has pitched parts of eight Major League seasons but had not advanced past the Padres’ and Yankees’ Triple-A teams in 2011, posting a  3.00 ERA in 48 games. He held opponents to a .245 average in 29 games for New York’s top affiliate, though left-handers hit Flores a bit better (.259) than right-handers (.232) in a similar number of at-bats.

The Brewers have been without a left-handed reliever since July 15, when Zach Braddock was optioned to Triple-A Nashville. He was subsequently placed on the inactive list because of what Brewers official termed a “personal and private issue.”

Milwaukee’s interest in Flores was first reported by


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