Catcher Zaun, Brewers agree to one-year deal

Free-agent catcher Gregg Zaun has signed with the Brewers on a one-year deal with a club option for 2011.

The deal is worth $2.25 million, according to a major-league source.

Zaun, 38, chose the Brewers over the Rays and Mariners. He also had early interest from the Rockies, who are still trying to re-sign Yorvit Torrealba.

“They were the one team that stepped up immediately and made a financial offer the very first day,” Zaun said. “They made it very clear to me that I was the guy they wanted. It wasn’t contingent on a trade or something else. They made me feel very important.”

The Brewers offered Zaun significant playing time — George Kottaras and Mike Rivera are the only catchers with major-league experience.

Zaun will receive a $500,000 signing bonus, a $1.4 million base salary and a $250,000 buyout if his option is not exercised.

The signing of Zaun was first reported by Yahoo.com.