LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Brewers planned to meet late Tuesday with the agent for infielder Craig Counsell and hoped to know before the end of the Winter Meetings whether Counsell will be back with his hometown team in 2011. "We're hoping to bring that to a close, one way or another," general manager Doug Melvin said. "We've made offers. We're waiting to hear back." Counsell's agent, Barry Meister, said the door was open to another deal.
"He's a Milwaukee guy, so we'll see," Meister said between meetings at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort. Counsell turned 40 while batting .250 with a .322 on-base percentage in 204 at-bats during the 2010 season, his fifth with the Brewers. After playing significantly in 2009, when second baseman Rickie Weeks was lost to injury, Counsell served as a backup to rookie shortstop Alcides Escobar and played off the bench, going 13-for-39 as a pinch-hitter. He remains a solid option at every infield position and likes playing close to home. Counsell was born in South Bend, Ind., but grew up in Whitefish Bay, Wis., just north of Milwaukee. He still lives there. In November, Counsell told SIRIUS XM that there was a chance he would stay home. "I've been a free agent maybe five times, and three of the times I've signed with Milwaukee," Counsell said. "So I think there's interest, and we've worked something out a bunch in the past, so I think that's a definite possibility, for sure." The Brewers have also extended an offer to another of their free agents, left-hander Chris Capuano, and hoped to meet with agent Michael Moye this week.