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11/24/08 8:15 PM EST

Brewers ink deal with Bourgeois

Speedster signs Minor League contract with invite to Spring Training

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers signed speedy outfielder/infielder Jason Bourgeois to a Minor League contract on Monday and invited him to big league Spring Training.

The 26-year-old spent most of the 2008 season at Triple-A Charlotte in the Chicago White Sox system, hitting .286 with a .335 on-base percentage, nine home runs, 83 runs scored and 30 stolen bases in 41 attempts. He made his Major League debut with the White Sox in 2008 as a September callup but batted only three times, going 1-for-3 with a double.

Through his first 13 games in the Mexican Winter League, Bourgeois was hitting .373 (19-for-51) with a .448 on-base mark.

Bourgeois, who turns 27 on Jan. 4, has 201 stolen bases in nine Minor League seasons with affiliates of the Rangers, Braves, Mariners and White Sox, including at least 30 steals in three of the last five seasons. He has mostly appeared as a second baseman, but he has also played shortstop, third base and all three outfield positions.

He joins an organization that appears set at the Major League level, with left fielder Ryan Braun, center fielder Mike Cameron, right fielder Corey Hart and versatile speedster Tony Gwynn Jr. also on the 40-man roster. But there are some potential holes at Triple-A Nashville, where Laynce Nix is a Minor League free agent and Brendan Katin, who was tied for the Venezuelan Winter League lead through the weekend with 10 home runs, is eligible for the Rule 5 Draft next month.

The Brewers have already invited four non-roster pitchers to big league camp: Lindsay Gulin, Sam Narron and Chris Narveson, and right-hander Joe Bateman.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.