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Brewers sign outfielder Greg Golson

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It's kind of sad that this is one of the winter's most notable moves.


The Brewers are believed to be seeking a veteran reliever with closing experience to add to their bullpen this winter. If he was still around they'd probably consider a guy like Gregg Olson, who recorded 217 saves over a 14-year career as a member of nine teams.

Gregg Olson retired 2001, though, so instead today the Brewers signed outfielder Greg Golson to a minor league deal. Golson has played 40 games over four MLB seasons as a member of three teams, most recently as a member of the 2011 Yankees. He actually made three postseason appearances as a defensive replacement for New York in 2010.

Golson is 27 and a career .264/.311/.398 hitter across ten minor league seasons. He split 2013 between the iindependent Lancaster Barnstormers and AA and AAA affiliates in the Rockies and Braves organizations, where his .249/.313/.392 batting line in 79 games was roughly comparable to his career work.

Golson can play all three outfield spots but has been primarily a center fielder in the minors, appearing there in 767 of his 1012 games. He was the Phillies' first round pick (#21 overall) in the 2004 draft, where he was selected 16 spots after the Brewers took Mark Rogers.

Anything can happen in spring training, of course, but at the moment Golson almost certainly slots into the Brewers depth chart behind the three likely starters and Logan Schafer and Caleb Gindl. At best, he's probably insurance in case something happens to Schafer and the Brewers need a bench player who can play center field.