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Milwaukee Brewers sign Alex Gonzalez

The Milwaukee Brewers have signed free agent shortstop Alex Gonzalez.

Dilip Vishwanat

The Milwaukee Brewers have signed free agent shortstop Alex Gonzalez, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports:

Rosenthal adds that Gonzalez will receive a base salary of $1.5 million from the Brewers. The shortstop's contract also includes nearly $1 million in performance bonuses.

Gonzalez spent the 2012 season with the Brewers after signing with the club last offseason. He hit .259/.326/.457 with four doubles and four home runs over 81 at-bats before he went down with a season-ending knee injury in May.

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In 2011, Gonzalez hit .241/.270/.372 with 27 doubles and 15 home runs over 564 at-bats for the Atlanta Braves. He owns a career line of .247/.292/.399 over 14 seasons at the major league level.

Prior to the Gonzalez signing, former top prospect Jean Segura - one of the players acquired from the Los Angeles Angels in the Zack Greinke trade - was the favorite to become Milwaukee's everyday player at short.