Dean Taylor, the Braves' assistant GM the past nine years, was hired yesterday as GM of the Brewers.

He signed a four-year contract and succeeds Sal Bando. Bando was reassigned in the organization last month when Phil Garner was dismissed as manager.

"It's going to take a year to get this organization moving to wherever we want it to be," Taylor said.

The Brewers are in fifth place in the NL Central and have not been in the playoffs since 1982. Taylor comes from a team that has won seven straight division titles.

Taylor has been in baseball for 24 years. He also served as an assistant to Braves GM John Schuerholz when Schuerholz was the Royals' GM. Taylor was manager of baseball operations for Major League Baseball in 1990.

The Brewers also interviewed Indians assistant GM Dan O'Dowd, who was hired Monday as GM of the Rockies. Others interviewed were Blue Jays assistant GM Dave Stewart, Mets assistant GM and international scouting director Omar Minaya and White Sox assistant GM Dan Evans.

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PLAY BALL!: What a game from Milton Bradley!

The Montreal prospect hit a grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning Monday night, giving Harrisburg a 12-11 win over Norwich in the deciding Game 5 of the Class AA Eastern League finals.