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12/01/08 6:40 PM EST

Brewers ink Thorman to Minors deal

First baseman gets invite to big league Spring Training

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers, who have made left-handed hitters a priority this winter, on Monday signed former Braves first baseman Scott Thorman to a Minor League contract with an invitation to big league Spring Training.

Thorman, who turns 27 in January, was given an opportunity in 2007 to be Atlanta's everyday first baseman but batted .216 that year and then spent all of 2008 at Triple-A Richmond. He hit .251 there with 29 home runs and 56 RBIs while striking out 83 times in 387 at-bats.

In 175 Major League games, Thorman is a .222 hitter with 16 home runs, 50 RBIs and a .260 on-base percentage.

He's best known by Brewers fans for a game on Sept. 22, 2007, at Turner Field in Atlanta. Then-Brewers closer Francisco Cordero was one out away from a save when Thorman, appearing for the Braves as a pinch-hitter, blasted a game-tying home run. Mark Teixeira singled in the winning run an inning later as fading Milwaukee fell 2 1/2 games behind the Cubs in the National League Central with eight games to play. The Cubs went on to win the division by a two-game margin.

Thorman also has some experience as an outfielder, as does the Brewers' incumbent Triple-A first baseman, Brad Nelson. Like Thorman was before Monday, Nelson is a six-year Minor League free agent.

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The Canadian-born Thorman was Atlanta's first-round pick in the 2000 First-Year Player Draft.

So far the Brewers have invited six Minor League players to big league camp: pitchers Joe Bateman, Lindsay Gulin, Sam Narron and Chris Narveson, infielder/outfielder Jason Bourgeois and Thorman.

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