Counsell still weighing next step

Craig Counsell’s agent said the veteran infielder remains undecided about his plan for 2012. At 41, will he return for a 17th Major League season? Or will he begin a new career in the coaching ranks? Agent Barry Meister will gauge clubs’ interest in Counsell during this week’s Winter Meetings in Dallas. If he doesn’t like what he hears, Counsell could retire and go into coaching.

The Brewers have remained in contact with Counsell this winter, but have said publicly they are not interested in bringing him back as a player. Counsell, who lives in Whitefish Bay, Wis., has played six seasons with his hometown Brewers but had a tough year in 2011, batting  .178 in 187 plate appearances.

Meister confirmed that Counsell had spoken with new Cubs manager Dale Sveum, but could not say whether the Cubs had a standing offer to join Sveum’s coaching staff.


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