Kapler's specific role "obviously depends on what else we're going to be doing," Melvin said. "But he's a guy with Major League experience and can play all three outfield positions. And this guy is in better shape than our 25-year-old guys."Melvin has been seeking clarity in the outfield since declining the contract option for longtime Brewer Geoff Jenkins. The Brewers have been seeking lefty hitters with modest strikeout numbers and quality defensive skills. Kapler is a right-handed hitter, but he does fit the other two counts. The team is still mulling free agents and trade options for left field, and remains willing to move National League Rookie of the Year Ryan Braun to left if the best fit is a third baseman. Melvin confirmed that club officials have talked about Kenny Lofton, who turns 41 in May, but said he had not spoken with Lofton's representation. The possibility of acquiring Cardinals third baseman Scott Rolen, a hot topic during the Winter Meetings, "is probably a dead issue," Melvin said. "We're still looking at our options," Melvin said. "There are warts on every player when you get to this point. You're not going to find the perfect guy."
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.