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Giants focused on acquiring Corey Hart from Brewers

Jul 6, 2010, 9:34 PM EDT

Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle hears that the Giants are “focusing on” acquiring Corey Hart from the Brewers.

Just yesterday, Schulman told us that Giants general manager Brian Sabean and one of his top scouts Lee Elder were in Milwaukee, “perhaps scouting trade targets Corey Hart, Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun.” With the other two a relative pipe dream, it’s no surprise to learn that Hart is their primary and realistic target. 

Tonight, Schulman writes that the Giants “would love” to have Hart in their outfield, but are unsure whether the Brewers have decided to trade him or not. The Brewers are currently 37-46, on the fringes of contention in the National League. Also, the 28-year-old outfielder is under team control for one more season. 

Hart, 28, enters play Tuesday batting .288/.350/.573 over his first 281 at-bats this season. The two-time All-Star currently ranks third in the National League with 19 homers, second with 61 RBI and eighth with a 923 OPS.

Naturally, he won’t come cheap. For what it’s worth, Schulman believes Hart would cost (Jonathan) Sanchez plus another piece. That would be quite a nice get for someone who was essentially a platoon player at the start of the season. 

  1. Buccofan - Jul 6, 2010 at 9:55 PM

    Where would Hart play? With Burrell in left and Huff in right, Hart would presumably play CF, which is not a good idea at the Giants’ home park.
    I guess the alternative would be Hart in right, Huff back to 1B, Panda at third, and less playing time for Uribe, Sanchez, Renteria, etc.

  2. Ditto65 - Jul 6, 2010 at 10:02 PM

    I wear my sunglasses at night, so I can, so I can…

  3. Weeble - Jul 6, 2010 at 10:11 PM

    Hart was an All-Star in ’08 at Yankee Stadium. He made the throw that didn’t get the runner to end the game. This would make him a two-time All-Star.

  4. D.J. Short - Jul 6, 2010 at 10:39 PM

    Fixed. Thanks!

  5. Xpensive Wino - Jul 7, 2010 at 2:12 AM

    He was a “platoon” player only because the Brewers have a manager dumb enough to think Edmonds and Gomez should have been playing ahead of him.

  6. Anon - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:50 AM

    “The Brewers are currently 37-46, on the fringes of contention in the National League.”
    That statement tells you everything you need to know about the National League.

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