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Brewers decline to offer contracts to Coffey and Inglett

MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers have cut ties with reliever Todd Coffey and utility player Joe Inglett. The Brewers decided not to offer them new contracts by an 11 o'clock deadline last night.

Six other un-signed players were offered new deals for 2011, including first baseman Prince Fielder and second baseman Rickie Weeks. Coffey was 2-4 this year with a 4.76 ERA. He made two-million-dollars, and general manager Doug Melvin said Coffey's release would give the Brewers more financial flexibility. They have a number of young relievers like Mike McClendon and Jeremy Jeffress - and the free-agent market has a number of choices for late relievers.

Inglett led the Majors with 20 pinch hits last season. Melvin said he wanted to keep his options open for a bench hitter - but he might give Inglett a non-roster offer if he doesn't go to another team.

The Brewers tried signing Menasha native Eric Hinske as a pinch hitter and utility player in the field. But he decided to return to Atlanta for a second season. Besides Weeks and Fielder, the Brewers offered contracts to outfielder Carlos Gomez and pitchers Manny Parra, Carlos Villanueva, and Kameron Loe.