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Brewers sign Franklin Morales to minor-league deal

The lefty will likely earn a spot on the team due to Milwaukee's lack of left-handed relievers.

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The Brewers are in agreement with left-hander Franklin Morales on a minor-league contract, as reported by's Ken Rosenthal.

Morales, 30, will join Will Smith as left-handers in the Brewers' bullpen mix, providing the team with a middle relief option with Smith slated to be the closer. Milwaukee was thought to be looking for a veteran southpaw all winter, so Morales should have a good chance at cracking the team's major-league roster after spring training.

Morales spent last season with the World Champion Royals, posting a 4-2 record and 3.18 ERA in 62.1 innings. He worked exclusively as a reliever after starting 22 games for the Rockies in 2014, and is slated to stay in the bullpen for the Brewers while the team gives starts to some younger pitchers.

Since breaking into the league in 2007, Morales has posted a lifetime 23-29 record and 4.52 ERA in 300 appearances (47 starts) with the Rockies (2007-11, 2014), Red Sox (2011-13) and Royals (2015). He is a two-time World Series champion and has pitched in the playoffs in four different seasons.