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Brewers extend Clark with additional year

Brewers extend Clark with additional year

MILWAUKEE -- After agreeing with outfielder Brady Clark on a one-year contract earlier today, the Brewers added an additional season to his contract this afternoon. With the deal, Clark is now under contract through 2007, it was announced by Brewers Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Melvin.

"After reaching an agreement earlier today, we continued talks and all parties were interested in exploring an extension," Melvin said. "Brady has worked extremely hard to develop his skills and has become one of the league's most dependable centerfielders and leadoff men."

Clark, 32, enjoyed his finest season as a Major Leaguer in 2005, hitting .306 as the Brewers everyday centerfielder and leadoff hitter. He established career-highs in hits (183), doubles (31), home runs (13) and RBI (53). Clark also was among the National League leaders in batting average (three-way tie for eighth) and hit batsmen (third with 18).

The 2005 season marked Clark's third season with the Brewers as he was claimed off waivers from the New York Mets on January 21, 2003. He previously played with the Mets (2002) and the Cincinnati Reds (2000-2002). Clark was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Reds on January 13, 1996.

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