Brewers sign C Kendall

Nov 28, 2007 - 4:02 PM MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- The Milwaukee Brewers filled their void at catcher Wednesday, signing Jason Kendall to a one-year contract.

Financial terms were not disclosed for Kendall's deal, which includes a vesting option for the 2009 season.

The Brewers brought in the light-hitting Kendall less than 10 days after dealing Johnny Estrada, their starting backstop last season, to the New York Mets for righthander Guillermo Mota.

"Jason is one of the most durable catchers in the game," Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said. "He brings a hard-nose attitude and ability to get the most out of his pitching staff. Offensively, he works the count and will give you good at-bats."

Kendall, 33, was traded from the Oakland Athletics to the Chicago Cubs on July 16 and batted .270 with one home run and 19 RBI in 57 games. In 137 combined contests with the A's and Cubs, he batted .242 with three homers and 41 RBI.

In his 11-year career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Athletics and Cubs, the three-time All Star has a .297 batting average with 71 homers and 615 RBI.

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