Friday, February 4, 2011
The Brewers have officially announced the signing of outfielder/first baseman Mark Kotsay. To make room for Kotsay on their 40-man roster, the Brewers designated right-hander Roque Mercedes for assignment. Kotsay will make $800,000 in salary, plus a $100,000 roster bonus, as well as $350,000 available in incentive bonuses.
In his most recent action with the White Sox, Kotsay hit .239 in limited action. He holds a lifetime .279 average across him his 13 seasons in the Major Leagues.
Kotsay, a San Diego native expressed that he would love to play near his home, but when that opprutunity didn't arise he said he signed with the team that gave him the best chance to win. "I didn't plan on landing in Milwaukee but it presented the best opportunity as far as winning and the role they offered," said Kotsay.
Kotsay will see himself in a limited, but needed role (see Gabe Kapler, Jim Edmonds, ect ect). He proves a solid backup to first basemen Prince Fielder, something the Brewers haven't had the luxury of over the past few seasons. Kotsay will also serve as a backup outfielder and compete for time with Chris Dickerson, Jeremy Reed, and Brandon Boggs.