Former Orioles first baseman Jim Traber, who played the past two seasons in Japan, was released yesterday by the Cleveland Indians.
Traber was placed on waivers with infielder Jerry Browne, outfielder-first baseman Mike Aldrete and relief pitcher Shawn Hillegas.
Traber, who came to spring training with a minor-league contract, hit .107 (3-for-28) with two doubles and two RBI in 15 games.
"The weird thing is they released me and Aldrete," Traber said. "All spring they said we were competing for the same spot. I don't know what to think of that."
The starting first baseman likely will be left-handed-hitting Paul Sorrento, who was acquired Saturday from the Minnesota Twins.
* BREWERS: Milwaukee, looking for a third baseman after trading Gary Sheffield to San Diego last week, moved quickly by signing former All-Star Kevin Seitzer to a one-year contract for FTC the minimum salary of $109,000.
Seitzer, 30, was placed on release waivers by Kansas City on Thursday as the Royals sought to get out of his $1,625,000 contract. He cleared waivers and then worked out for Brewers manager Phil Garner and general manager Sal Bando.
Less than an hour later, Seitzer said, "I'm a Brewer."
"They didn't guarantee me anything [about playing time] but this is the best move for my career. I'm ready to take advantage of any opportunity I get," he said.