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Counsell reportedly will return to Brewers for next season

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A person familiar with negotiations says the Milwaukee Brewers and infielder Craig Counsell have agreed to a $1.4 million, one-year contract.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the deal won't become final until Counsell passes a physical.

The 40-year-old Counsell has played each of his last four seasons in Milwaukee. Last year, he hit .250 with two homers and 21 RBIs in 102 games.

Counsell's deal includes $450,000 in performance bonuses based on games and games started. He may have an expanded opportunity for playing time after the Brewers sent starting shortstop Alcides Escobar to Kansas City as part of a six-player deal for Zack Greinke.

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AP Sports Writer Ronald Blum contributed to this report.

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