Brewers claim Closser from Rockies

Brewers claim Closser from Rockies

MILWAUKEE -- A day after saying he would look to add catching depth, Brewers manager Doug Melvin did just that, claiming 26-year-old JD Closser off waivers from the Colorado Rockies.

Once a top prospect with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the switch-hitting Closser has batted .239 with 10 home runs and 48 RBIs over parts of the past three seasons with Colorado. He entered 2005 as the Rockies' No. 1 catcher, but batted .219 and threw out seven of 60 runners attempting to steal. In 2006, he appeared in 32 Major League games and hit .196.

Closser will turn 27 on Jan. 15. He is a career .283 hitter in 772 Minor League games since 1998, when Arizona took him in the fifth round of the First-Year Player Draft.

With Closser, the Brewers have 38 players on their 40-man roster.

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