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Brewers sign Jeremy Hermida, Joe Thurston

Hermida has 65 career MLB home runs. Combined, Hermida and Thurston have 66.


The Brewers added two MLB veterans to the organization on Saturday, although it's unclear if either of them will be joining the team in big league camp.

Of the two the bigger name is Jeremy Hermida, an eight-year MLB outfielder as a member of the Marlins, Red Sox, A's, Reds and Padres. He's a career .257/.334/.415 hitter but has struggled to find time in the majors in recent years, falling from being an everyday player from 2007-09 to making just 13 MLB appearances with the Padres in 2012. He spent all of 2013 with the Indians' AAA affiliate, batting .247/.365/.416 with 17 home runs.

Hermida was the #11 overall pick in the 2002 draft and in 2006 Baseball America listed him as the #4 prospect in all of baseball. He's still just 29 years old, and will turn 30 on Thursday.

The other signee is infielder Joe Thurston, a 31-year-old seven-year MLB veteran perhaps best known for playing in 124 games as a member of the Cardinals in 2009. He's only played in one MLB game since, as a member of the Marlins in 2011. Thurston is a career .226/.305/.323 hitter in the minors and is primarily a second baseman. He split 2013 between independent ball and the Mexican Leagues, hitting .297/.390/.422 in 561 plate appearances, and is 34 years old.

The Brewers did not specify if either player received an invitation to major league spring training in Maryvale, but I wouldn't be surprised to see both of them there.

UPDATE: @Mass_Haas confirms: