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Craig Counsell open to trade after reportedly clearing waivers

Aug 18, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

Buster Olney of reported earlier this week that Craig Counsell has cleared waivers and the veteran infielder said yesterday that he’d be open to a trade to a contender.
Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin sought approval from Jim Edmonds before trading him to Cincinnati and Counsell indicated that Melvin discussed a similar possibility with him.

You always know it’s possible. We’ve talked about it. We talked about it last year. We’ve talked about it this year. We try to keep things upfront. I appreciate it a lot, for sure. I know I’ll hear stuff that’s important from Doug first. He said people have called but that’s it.

As a soon-to-be 40-year-old hitting just .246/.317/.305 in 83 games this season Counsell won’t be at the top of any contender’s wish list for a stretch-drive pickup, but he’s still capable of drawing some walks, getting on base, and providing some defensive versatility in a part-time role.
Counsell told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he’s leaning toward returning for a 16th season in 2011, but added that the idea of going to a contender is “intriguing” because “as you get older you want to win” and “you don’t know how many years you’ve got left.”

  1. Old Gator - Aug 18, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    Not many people get to score the winning run in a seventh game of the World Series. Counsell did for the Feesh, in 1997, on Edgar Renteria’s walkoff single, sending Cleveland back to Cleveland, which seemed a rather harsh punishment for a gallant foe.
    Anyway, it’d be fun to have Craig back for the ass end of this season. The Feesh aren’t contending, exactly, except maybe to set the alltime season single record for conjunctions with the strange attractor. But he’d get to play in a pressure-free environment and learn to love orange. That’s better than a lot of 40-year-old utility players get these days.

  2. BC - Aug 18, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    Craig Counsell is still playing?

  3. Old Gator - Aug 18, 2010 at 5:53 PM

    In Milwaukee, BC. That’s why neither you nor anyone else was aware of it.

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