Brewers beat writer for MLB.com, Adam McCalvy, tweets that Milwaukee has worked out a one-year deal worth $2 million with reserve outfielder Jody Gerut. Gerut made $1.775 million splitting time between Milwaukee and San Diego. He was dealt in May by the Padres for Tony Gwynn Jr.
Gerut's bifurcated season resulted in the worst batting line of his career. He hit 230/.279/.376 in just under 300 plate appearances for the two clubs. A rebound to his career best 2008 would make his deal a steal going into free agency.
Gerut's signing reduces the number of players whose cases are pending to 122. The Brewers will exchange figures with their six remaining arbitration eligible players tomorrow. They'll have until hearings begin to sign David Bush, Todd Coffey, Carlos Gomez, Corey Hart, Carlos Villanueva and Rickie Weeks. Please visit the salary arbitration page for more information.
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