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11/29/2006 12:28 PM ET
Brewers sign free agent Craig Counsell
Infielder returns for his second stint in Milwaukee
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MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers today signed INF Craig Counsell to a two-year contract with a club option for 2009. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Melvin.

Counsell, 36, returns for his second stint in Milwaukee, where he also played in 2004.

"The Brewers are glad to have Craig back," said Melvin. "He has always exemplified the true professional in how he prepares and plays the game. His ability to play all infield positions will be extremely valuable. Craig also brings a contact approach to hitting and has always been a fundamentally sound player."

Counsell, a member of two World Series Championship teams, owns a career batting average of .260 with 31 HR, 283 RBI and 90 stolen bases over 11 Major League seasons with Colorado (1995, '97), Florida (1997-99), Los Angeles (1999), Arizona (2000-03, 2005-06) and Milwaukee (2004).

His postseason highlights include scoring the game-winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning in the 1997 World Series for Florida and being named Most Valuable Player of the 2001 National League Championship Series for Arizona.

Counsell graduated from Whitefish Bay High School in 1988 and currently resides in Whitefish Bay. He will wear uniform #30.

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