Friday, October 31, 2008

Craig Counsell's Option Declined

The Brewers declined the $3.4 million option for infielder Craig Counsell today. The 13 year veteran served as the primary back-up infielder for the Brewers over the last two seasons. In his second stint with the Brewers, the 37 year old hit .223 but had on OBP of .339 over the two years. He emerged as a steady glove used late in games in place of Rickie Weeks in 2007 and found himself in a platoon at third base in 2008.

Craig provided invaluable experience and veteran leadership in a young clubhouse, but in a business of production, his numbers apparently did not make the cut. My hopes are this was merely a move to avoid his $3.4 million salary and an attempt will be made to sign him at a discount. A guy that can play solid defense at three infield positions combined with some of the best plate discipline the Brewers have seen since Jeff Cirillo's heyday makes for a valuable piece of the puzzle.

If not, you will be missed. Good luck Craig!

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