Green re-signs on Minors deal
The Brewers on Monday re-signed infielder Taylor Green to a Minor League contract with an invitation to big league Spring Training camp, an opportunity for Green to re-establish himself after missing all of 2013 with a hip injury.
Green, who turns 27 in November, would earn $501,000 in the Major Leagues, according to agent Joshua Kusnick.
Kusnick said the deal cannot be terminated before May 22, and includes a pair of opt-outs. If Green is not on the 40-man roster by June 15, the Brewers have 48 hours to contact the 29 other teams to see if one will add Green to its own 40-man. If a team accepts, the Brewers would release Green. Green can also opt-out to take a contract in Asia; the Brewers would get $150,000 is Green signs such a deal before Dec. 15 and $300,000 after that date.
A two-time Brewers Minor League Player of the Year, Green has batted .207/.266/.343 in 158 Major League plate appearances. In the Minors, he has batted .289 with a .370 on-base percentage, 78 home runs and 431 RBIs in 692 games over parts of seven seasons. He underwent surgery in late April to repair a torn labrum in his left hip.
Green was removed from Milwaukee’s crowded 40-man roster earlier this month and would have been free to sign with any other team after the World Series, but opted to remain with the Brewers in part, according to Kusnick, out of loyalty to general manager Doug Melvin and assistant GM Gord Ash. The Brewers also offer opportunity; Mat Gamel, a similar player to Green, was claimed off waivers this month by the Cubs, and 35-year-old starting third baseman Aramis Ramirez has only one year left on his contract.
The Brewers have already invited four non-roster players to next year’s big league Spring Training camp: Green, fellow infielders Hector Gomez and Eugenio Velez, and catcher Robinzon Diaz.
Kusnick also represents left-hander Zach Kroenke, who has agreed to terms with the Brewers on a Minor League contract that does not include a big league camp invite. Like Green, Kroenke would earn $501,000 in the Majors. The 29-year-old left-hander was 5-16 with a 4.51 ERA in 32 appearances, 19 starts for Triple-A Nashville last season.
The Kroenke contract was not yet finalized as of Monday night, but could be completed by Tuesday.
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