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Brewers not working on contract extension with Corey Hart

Nov 9, 2012, 3:17 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Both general manager Doug Melvin and Hart himself have denied Rosenthal’s report that they’re working on a new contract.

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Corey Hart is heading into the final season of a three-year, $26.5 million contract and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that he’s “discussing a new deal” with the Brewers.

Rosenthal writes that Hart is asking for another three-year deal, which seems reasonable from the Brewers’ point of view considering he’s 30 years old and coming off a third straight season with 25-plus homers and an OPS around .850.

Hart is set to make $10 million in 2013, so considering his last contract and his recent production $30 million for three years would seemingly be the starting point.

Hart has played his entire 945-game career in Milwaukee after being drafted by the Brewers in 2000 and shifted from the outfield to first base this year following the departure of Prince Fielder.

  1. brewcrewfan54 - Nov 9, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    I like the sound of this, especially if they keep him at 1B.

  2. uwsptke - Nov 9, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    He’s a Gold Glove front runner at 1B if he had played the full season. At 6’6″, he’s a full 8 inches taller than fielder and provides an enourmous target for fellow infielders. He’s much-maligned by Brewer fans for being streaky, but the guy always talks about wanting to play here and do so for a reasonable price and has outperformed his current deal. They guy can even bat leadoff if you need him. Only question is, what do they do with Mat Gamel?

    • brewcrewfan54 - Nov 9, 2012 at 11:54 AM

      Gamel either needs to earn a spot off the bench or they should consider trading him. I wish we had the chance to see Gamel for a whole season but unfortunately he got hurt. I dont think anyone really knows what we’re going to get from him at this point. Aoki in RF after last season and his japan pro career and Hart at 1B are proven performers. I think we have to go into spring with thoes guys penciled in as the starters right now. Gamel can play 3b, 1B and outfield so he does have some versatility which is a huge plus. His fielding has never been his strong suit though.

    • brosterik - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:22 PM

      The real question is what to do with Hunter Morris? Guy hits crazy in minors and Gamel has done nothing at the major league level. Nothing but a bat off the bench. I say we trade Gamel. Someone will take a chance on him. Signing a core Guy who wants to stay here and has been very productive is a huge plus!

      • skipperxc - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:57 PM

        We wait to see if Morris can do it again before we worry about it. The road to hell is paved with good intentions and guys who had one great year in the minors.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Nov 9, 2012 at 2:10 PM

        I’m not too worried about Morris yet. He hasn’t played a full season at Triple A so there’s little chance he makes the club right out of spring anyways. They’d rather have him playing full time in triple A then getting bench time in the Big’s. Gamel certainly is in an interesting situation.

  3. kkolchak - Nov 9, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Rumor has it Corey Hart objected to a proposed contract clause that would have required him to wear his sunglasses at night.

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