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01/21/11 5:26 PM EST
Brewers sign outfielder Reed to Minors deal
Veteran invited to big league camp to provide depth
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers added a bit more depth on Friday by signing former Mariners, Mets and Blue Jays outfielder Jeremy Reed to a Minor League contract that includes an invitation to big league Spring Training camp. The outfield is one area in which the Brewers appear unsettled for 2011. All-Stars Ryan Braun and Corey Hart are locked into the corners, but underachieving Carlos Gomez is no lock for center field, though he'll head into the season the incumbent starter. Chris Dickerson, a left-handed hitter, could share time with Gomez, who bats right-handed, and offseason acquisition Brandon Boggs is the only other outfielder on the team's 40-man roster. Reed joins prospects Logan Schafer and Caleb Gindl as non-roster invitees to Major League camp. There's also Mat Gamel, who is on the roster as an infielder, but last season began trying his hand at the corner outfield spots. Reed turns 30 in June and owns a .253 career batting average with 12 home runs and 110 RBIs in 476 big league games with the Mariners, Mets and Blue Jays since 2004. He spent most of last season in the Minor Leagues at Triple-A Las Vegas (Blue Jays) and Triple-A Charlotte (White Sox), while also appearing in 14 games with Toronto. Of Reed's 291 Major League starts, 259 have come in center field. Reed bats and throws left-handed.