Brewers Sign Brooks Conrad

The Brewers have signed Brooks Conrad to a minor league contract, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter). The Paragon Sports International client will compete for a utility job in Spring Training.

Conrad, 32 next week, was non-tendered by the Braves last month, though they had interest in re-signing him to a minor league deal. He hit .223/.325/.388 with four homers in 122 plate appearances in 2011 while playing first, second, and third bases. The switch-hitter is one season removed from a .250/.324/.487 effort in 2010, and his career numbers are significantly better against left-handed pitchers.


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  1. Blue387 3 years ago

    The Brewers need help on their defense. Brooks Conrad is probably not the solution.

    • diesel2410 3 years ago

      Johnny Damon

    • Brewers need help on their defense???

      • Blue387 3 years ago

        Did you watch the playoffs?

        The Brewers committed nine errors in the six games of the NLCS.

        • no more Betancourt should help that… though Ramirez will be a problem at 3rd… should move him to first.

    • rundmc1981 3 years ago

      Conrad just needs a shot in the arm.

    • brewers really needed a backup 1B… if the plan is to use Cesar Izturis as the primary backup for the left side of the infield, Conrad could conceivably be used for the right side.  Both, however, are signed to Minor League deals, so these may just be moves for depth.

  2. craigkimbrelfan 3 years ago

    Whoa…this is going to be a weird home opener.

    • The Braves are playing the Nashville Sounds in their home opener?

    • bravesdude 3 years ago

      Why ? Do we play the Brewers for our home opener ?

    • gmenfan 3 years ago

      It’s Brooks Conrad that we’re talking about here ! Its not like the Cardinals are playing the Angels to start the season. Of course, that was be a weird opener for a plethora of reasons.

  3. JacksTigers 3 years ago

    Brooks Litchfield Conrad. If that doesn’t sound like the biggest rich boy name of all time, then I don’t know what does.

  4. philliesfan136 3 years ago

    Not bad for a depth move.

  5. philliesfan136 3 years ago

    Can’t think of a “rich kid” first name, but Buxaplenty is the best last name.

  6. Jeff 3 years ago

    Hope he does well, just not in the opening series.

  7. JohnKruksWaistline 3 years ago

    In my heart, he’ll always have the most hilarious errors.

  8. sf55forlife 3 years ago

    The savior!!!

  9. rundmc1981 3 years ago

    I hope we can see him again in the playoffs.

  10. bravesdude 3 years ago

    Ugh . It was just time to move on I guess .

  11. bravesdude 3 years ago

    Our most significant moves this year are going to be players going to different teams instead of bringing someone new in .

    • coreybishop 3 years ago

      Sometimes, the best moves are the ones you don’t make.

      • bravesdude 3 years ago

        And I would agree with that , no doubt . Just seems like it has been a boring offseason to this point so far .

    • rundmc1981 3 years ago

      Considering these moves involve Sherrill, Lowe, Conrad, Alex Gonzalez, maybe Moylan, and Linebrink, I see nothing wrong with that. I hate cliches but I’ll say: addition by subtraction. Alex Gonzalez is the only one on there I’d speak up for and I know we can do better than him at the plate.

      • austinhb 3 years ago

        Only Problem was Sherril was a lot better than people give him credit for

      • AKbraves 3 years ago

        Peter Moylan?  He’s a stud.  One of the better relievers around the past few years, just out of shape and injury prone. He’s also a hilarious clubhouse presence.  You wouldn’t speak up for him?

    • We have dropped quite a bit of dead weight at least. No more Lowe, Mclouth, or Kawakami!! Sucks that they were all such a waste of money but I’m sure happy they are all gone.

    • We have dropped quite a bit of dead weight at least. No more Lowe, Mclouth, or Kawakami!! Sucks that they were all such a waste of money but I’m sure happy they are all gone.

    • We have dropped quite a bit of dead weight at least. No more Lowe, Mclouth, or Kawakami!! Sucks that they were all such a waste of money but I’m sure happy they are all gone.

  12. Alldaybaseball 3 years ago

    Brooksie is one of my favorites. Tries all the time and is a clubhouse favorite.

  13. prince fielder: replaced

  14. coreybishop 3 years ago

    K-Rod for Trumbo. That would be interesting!

  15. Corey 3 years ago

    Other then some offense, I dont see much in this. Conrad is DECENT at defense unless he’s at second in the playoffs. Plus the Nashville Sounds have SUCKED recently so he wont be in the playoffs unless the Brewers make it.

  16. Corey 3 years ago

    They should send Lincecum to the Brewers for Conrad with how much they love him. Gotta love sarcasm.

  17. mgsports 3 years ago

    K-Rod isn’t worth him and can Conrad play 1B other then 3B and 2nd.

  18. HHHDMS 3 years ago

    No relation to Conrad Brooks..we love you Conrad oh yes we do..
    Anyway when I see E4 E5 or E6 for the Brew Crew Ill be curious to see if its Conrad 

  19. joeybw 3 years ago

    I don’t want Conrad at all but it’s just amusing at this point how many times this has already happened. We were close to signing him and the Brewers jumped in. Are we on ebay? Do we keep getting sniped or is it just me?

  20. Kevin 3 years ago

    Brooks Conrad is good for the brewers offense but not for defense

  21. He might be used as a reserve and to platoon with Gamel at 1B, as he hits well from the RH side. Nice depth move.

    • toddcoffeytime 3 years ago

      Agreed, this looks a lot better on paper than a Gamel/McGehee platoon at first for the Crew, if Conrad has a good enough spring to not be stuck in AAA.

  22. Tyler Jedrzejak 3 years ago

    even though his glove is weak i still will miss him off the bench for the braves

  23. hallwagner 3 years ago

    i like how there’s 51 comments about a minor league signing of a guy who has basically done nothing in his career

    • undocorkscrew 3 years ago

      That walk-off grandslam against the Reds in 2010 was beyond awesome. He also set an Division Series record for errors.

      • hallwagner 3 years ago

        proving my point very nicely

        • AKbraves 3 years ago

          point is he’s notable.  People recognize him because he’s spent more time on sportscenter’s top/not top 10 than any utility player/pinch hitter in baseball.

  24. Look at his numbers and remember how Brooks Buckner blew the playoffs for us and it may ease the sadness of his departure. Just beacause the guy came through a couple of times doesn’t make him valuable. His ninth inning slam 2 years ago doesn’t make me forget him blowing the playoffs for us. Being likeable is great but it doesn’t exactly win games. The guy hit something like .226 last season and .250 the year before. I would have been all for a minor league contract but that’s about it. Good luck with the Brewers Brooks.

  25. Look at his numbers and remember how Brooks Buckner blew the playoffs for us and it may ease the sadness of his departure. Just beacause the guy came through a couple of times doesn’t make him valuable. His ninth inning slam 2 years ago doesn’t make me forget him blowing the playoffs for us. Being likeable is great but it doesn’t exactly win games. The guy hit something like .226 last season and .250 the year before. I would have been all for a minor league contract but that’s about it. Good luck with the Brewers Brooks.

  26. BRAVES 3 years ago

    I love the braves!!!!

  27. rkmetts 3 years ago

    Hate to see Brooks Conrad with a Minor League Deal. He showed some life with the Braves, however he is a bit inconsistent

  28. michael hughes 3 years ago

    If they even use him in the majors at all it’ll probably just be as a late innings pinch hitter against lefties. After his implosion in the playoffs I think every team in baseball knows just how bad his defense is but in a certain role off the bench he can be pretty useful.

  29. austinhb 3 years ago

    He hit better vs Righties I believe, his defense is bad, but kind of overstated

  30. michael hughes 3 years ago

    Nah, he gets trashed by righties, but I agree, his defense is bad but probably still overstated.

    Vs. righties – AVG: 203 OBP: 304 SLG: 354 OPS: 659
    Vs. lefties – AVG: 292 OBP: 393 SLG: 500 OPS: 893

  31. AKbraves 3 years ago

    One poor performance can trash a man’s reputation.  Not to say Conrad’s defense is good, but you certainly can’t expect him to play as poorly as he did in that one series.  Truth is, he had some fine plays at 3rd throughout the season.  Anyway, his true value is as a clutch hitter.  Dude knocks late like no other.

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