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Kotsay, Counsell Won't Be Back


Milwaukee, Wi (WSAU) The Milwaukee Brewers have lost veteran outfielder Mark Kotsay. The free-agent agreed to a one-year contract with the San Diego Padres yesterday. Fox Sports said he'll get one-and-a-quarter million dollars. The 35-year-old Kotsay batted .270 with three homers and 31 R-B-I's in his only season in Milwaukee. He made 255 plate appearances and batted .293 as a pinch-hitter.

Also, Brewers' general manager Doug Melvin said he would not make a contract offer to Craig Counsell. The veteran utility infielder from Whitefish Bay turned 41 this summer. He won World Series rings with Florida and Arizona, and spent the last five seasons with his hometown Brewers.

Team officials also met yesterday with Prince Fielder's agent, Scott Boras -- and Melvin said neither side talked about an offer. At this point, Melvin says he's inclined to give Mat Gamel a chance at first base if Fielder leaves as a free agent.

Also, Brewers' reliever Mitch Stetter and infielder Josh Wilson decided to become free agents. And Melvin continues his search for a shortstop. Today, he'll speak with the agent for free agent Clint Barmes.