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11/24/10 6:23 PM EST
Brewers ink outfielder Boggs to one-year deal
Versatile switch-hitter appeared in 114 games with Rangers
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers on Wednesday signed switch-hitting outfielder Brandon Boggs to a one-year contract and added him to the 40-man roster.
A former fourth-round Draft pick of the Rangers, Boggs appeared in 114 big league games over the past three seasons with Texas and batted .212 with eight home runs and 41 RBIs in 307 at-bats. After appearing in 101 games as a 25-year-old in 2008, he's just 1-for-24 in very limited Major League duty over past two years.
The Rangers designated Boggs for assignment in late August to make room for outfielder Jeff Francoeur, and he was a Minor League free agent after the season. Boggs is a .265 hitter with 65 home runs and 282 RBIs in parts of seven Minor League seasons and is coming off a nice year with Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he hit .290 with a .406 on-base percentage and 35 extra-base hits.
Boggs played all three outfield positions in 2010, and only adds to the Brewers' depth at those positions. Left fielder Ryan Braun and right fielder Corey Hart are locked into long-term deals, and Lorenzo Cain, Carlos Gomez (assuming he's tendered a contract), Chris Dickerson and now Boggs can play center. The Brewers' 40-man roster also includes utility man Joe Inglett, who, like Gomez, is arbitration-eligible and a candidate to be non-tendered next week.
Boggs is out of Minor League options, according to a Brewers official. Cain, Gomez and Dickerson all have at least one option remaining.
"We like the player and we have roster space," assistant general manager Gord Ash said. "He will compete for the last outfield spot, and if he doesn't make it, perhaps he will be Triple-A depth."