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Report: Brewers have deal for Counsell

Dec 13, 2009, 9:59 AM EDT

According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Brewers have a tentative agreement in place to re-sign free agent infielder Craig Counsell.
The 39-year-old Counsell was believed to be seeking a two-year contract
this winter, but the length and terms of the new contract are not yet

Counsell came out of nowhere in 2009
to provide his most productive season since 2005, batting
.285/.357/.408 with four home runs, 39 RBI and 61 runs scored in 130
games — again, his heaviest workload since the 2005 season. With the
wrist injury to Rickie Weeks, the slumping J.J. Hardy and the hot
corner in flux, Counsell made 44 starts at second base, 19 starts at
shortstop and 27 starts at third base.

If Counsell plays in 130 games again
next season, it will likely mean that something went very wrong in the
Milwaukee infield for a second straight season, but he’s fine insurance
as a utility man. Counsell reportedly received interest from upwards of
ten teams, and he probably could have started elsewhere (Reds?), but
there was little doubt that the Milwaukee-native would eventually
decide to return.

  1. Old Gator - Dec 13, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Way back when Craig Counsell played for the Feesh (when he had the honor of scoring the winning run in Game 7 of the ’97 series), I vividly remeber him getting hit in the mouth by a pitch. Most guys would have fallen over and let the blood run out between their fingers, but Craig just shook his head, spat out a tooth or two, and with blood running out of his mouth and onto his jersey, he started at a staggering trot to head for first base. Well, I don’t even remember if Leyland was still our manager or not, or whether he’d already been replaced by John Boles or whomever, but the manager immediately yanked him and sent in a pinch runner. Counsell, bleeding like an engorged Anopheles with hemophilia, still didn’t want to come out. He reminded me of that knight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail who kept on charging back and cursing at his adversary, who was happily slicing off his arms and legs with every renewed advance. There’s just no way I can think of to underrate the value of having a guy like that around the clubhouse.

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