Brewers acquire third baseman Will Middlebrooks

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Will Middlebrooks

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired Will Middlebrooks in a deal with San Diego.

The 27-year-old gets a Minor League deal with an invite to Spring Training.

Middlebrooks is a right-handed hitter and third baseman.

The third base position has been open since the Brewers traded Aramis Ramirez in July.

According to Brewers.com, Middlebrooks hit 32 home runs with 103 RBIs in his first 169 Major League games from 2012-13, manning third base in the World Series for the ’13 champs. But he struggled to a .191 batting average in 63 games in 2014, missing time with calf and finger injuries, and he was traded to the Padres that December for catcher Ryan Hanigan. In 2015, Middlebrooks hit just .212/.241/.361 in 83 games for San Diego, with nine home runs and 29 RBIs.

In 2012, third baseman Garin Cecchini couldn’t get into the Boston Red Sox’ lineup because of Middlebrooks — and now, they’re both Brewers!