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Brewers Claim Catcher JD Closser

It's really just insurance behind Damian Miller and Mike Rivera, but as insurance plans go, I like it:

Once a top prospect with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the switch-hitting Closser has batted .239 with 10 home runs and 48 RBIs over parts of the past three seasons with Colorado. He entered 2005 as the Rockies' No. 1 catcher, but batted .219 and threw out seven of 60 runners attempting to steal. In 2006, he appeared in 32 Major League games and hit .196.

Closser will turn 27 on Jan. 15. He is a career .283 hitter in 772 Minor League games since 1998, when Arizona took him in the fifth round of the First-Year Player Draft.

Ok, so he's not the second coming of Mike Piazza.  Or Brad Ausmus.  Or even Damian Miller, most likely.  And I'm guessing he's out of options, so he'll be coming in for a tryout in the spring.  But if Doug Melvin gets bowled over by a trade offer for Damian (hey, the market is slim, it could happen!) we have options.