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Do the Brewers want Corey Hart back?

Sep 13, 2013, 1:23 PM EDT

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Corey Hart will head into free agency having missed the entire season following knee surgeries and numerous setbacks. Meanwhile, the Brewers have gotten horrendous production at first base in his absence. So will Milwaukee try to bring back Hart to fill the position next season?

“We haven’t even begun to consider it yet,” assistant general manager Gord Ash told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. “As we all know, there’s plenty of time.”

For now Hart is expected to be ready for spring training, but then again no one thought he’d miss the whole first half of this year, let alone the entire season. Hart topped an .840 OPS in each of the previous three seasons, including last year when he hit .270 with 30 homers while playing 149 games. He’s finishing up a three-year, $26.5 million deal.

Under normal circumstances the Brewers could make a qualifying offer to Hart and receive draft pick compensation if he signed elsewhere, but as McCalvy notes he’d likely just accept the one-year, $14 million contract that comes attached and stick Milwaukee with a too-big bill considering the health uncertainty.

  1. TheMorningStar - Sep 13, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Dont’t you fret about being older and injury-prone Corey…you’ll be hearing from Mr. Cashman soon enough. He loves to sign players like you to ridiculously overpriced contracts.

  2. onbucky96 - Sep 13, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Sorry Cory. We’ll go w/Halton or Morris. Much cheaper and little injury risk. Thanks for the years, just don’t sign w/St.Louis please.

  3. phillyupperdecker - Sep 13, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    As a Philly fan i’d take him on a short term deal. Play him in RF and have Ruf split 1B with Howard.

  4. thebadguyswon - Sep 13, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Mets 1b in 2014

  5. weaselpuppy - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    This smells like a Mariners kind of guy. Buy low/short trm, sell in July for an OF prospect.

    Yankees I think would kick the tires, but they have Gardner Soriano that seem destined to start and if they were to bring a guy back on a 1-2 yr prove it deal, it wold be Granderson, not Hart…though who plays RF in that setup is problematical…

  6. mikhelb - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    An aging, injury prone, overpaid baseball player? I think the Yanks have their new 1B/OF for 2014.

  7. yankeepunk3000 - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    can’t wait for the yankees sign him and he gets to go on the Yankee DL. Only the best jerry only the best

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