The Brewers closed a deal with the veteran outfielder on Thursday for a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training camp, where Edmonds will compete with a cast of other left-handed hitters for a spot on Milwaukee's bench.
If he wins a job, Edmonds would be an experienced left-handed bat off the bench for the Brewers, who have a very right-handed starting lineup. The current fourth outfielder, Jody Gerut, is also a left-handed hitter, and so are non-roster invitees Trent Oeltjen, Logan Schafer and Adam Stern. The Brewers also picked up utility man Joe Inglett off waivers on Wednesday, and he hits left-handed, as does Counsell. The Brewers officially list Hernan Iribarren as an infielder, but he can play outfield, too.
The Edmonds deal could cap the Brewers' offseason maneuvering, though Melvin said the door remained open to a Minor League deal with left-hander Mark Mulder."You're always working, looking at things that could help your club," Melvin said. "But I don't know where else we would add right now." Edmonds will wear No. 15 for the Brewers.
In addition to Edmonds, the Brewers announced Thursday that they had reached 2010 contract terms with six young players on the 40-man roster: infielders Luis Cruz and Mat Gamel, catcher Angel Salome and pitchers Tim Dillard, Amaury Rivas and Mark Rogers.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.