Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Brewers Sign Abraham Nunez

The Brewers have signed infielder Abraham Nunez to a minor-league contract and have invited him to spring training, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Nunez, 31, played for Philadelphia the last two seasons after winning a World Series with St. Louis in 2005 and playing for the Pirates from 1997 to 2004. He is a career .242 hitter.

If Nunez makes the team out of spring training, he'd join Craig Counsell as a utility infielder and could play shortstop, second base and third base. Like Counsell, he's a light-hitting player, but is solid defensively. Nunez gives the Brewers insurance in the middle infield if Weeks or Hardy are injured. Counsell is the only player on the MLB roster that can backup shortstop or second base.

If Nunez makes the roster, it could mean fringe MLB players like fan-favorite utility man Vinny Rottino or outfielder Gabe Kapler, who is coming out of retirement for a shot with the team, would lose their spot on the active roster.

Update: There's now an article on about the signing as well: Brewers agree to deal with Nunez.


Blogger Kevin said...

Well if all stay healthy - he won't start at third and won't start at short.

Even though weeks improved his 'd' I still hold my breath every time he makes a play!

But I guess it'll be good to have that depth.

January 23, 2008 2:54 PM  

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