Brewers sign Oeltjen
By Anthony Witrado of the Journal Sentinel
Dec. 4, 2009 2:17 p.m.
The Brewers today signed outfielder Trent Oeltjen to a minor league deal with an invitation to big-league camp this spring.
Oeltjen, 26, hit .243 with three home runs and four RBI in 24 games last season with the Arizona Diamondbacks when he made his major league debut. He spent most of last season at Class AAA Reno where he hit .303 with 10 homers and 64 RBI in 114 games.
Oeltjen, who played for Australia in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, adds some competition in the outfield and he impresses in spring training he could add depth on the big league roster. The Brewers have five outfielders on the 40-man roster as it stands - Ryan Braun, Jody Gerut, Corey Hart, Carlos Gomez and Lorenzo Cain.
Oeltjen is a switch hitter and can play all three outfield spots and hit all over the order for the Diamondbacks last season. He was signed by the Minnesota Twins in 2001 as an 18-year old free agent. He became a free agent in 2007 and signed with Arizona in November of that year. The Diamondbacks removed him from their 40-man in early November.