Brewers rumors: Corey Hart's future in Milwaukee uncertain

The Milwaukee Brewers are clearly a rebuilding club, meaning pending free agent Corey Hart isn’t an automatic to be re-signed by the club this offseason. However, given the uncertainty surrounding Milwaukee’s first-base position, the Brewers could be interested in bringing Hart back in 2014, according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com.

Hart is out for the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery on his right knee in January and left knee in July. The slugger’s spirits are apparently high, as his recovery has gone well so far. To this point, the Brewers’ training staff believes Hart has a shot at being ready to go when spring training 2014 rolls around.

“Back two weeks post-surgery for the left knee, he said,
‘The right knee feels to the point where I could play on it right now,’” Wright
said. “Since we had to take time to do the left knee surgery, we’ve throttled
back on some of the other things, just because you can’t do the full activity.
I can tell you he is progressing very well. He is repaired,” Ash said. “[Will
he be] 100 percent? We hope so.”

Hart was one of several first baseman to go down with injury this season for the Brewers. Following the loss of Hart, it looked like former top prospect Mat Gamel would finally get a real shot to claim the position. Unfortunately he was ultimately lost for the year after undergoing surgery on his ACL. The next player in line, Tyler Green, was also injured before the start of the regular season, resulting in regular shortstop Alex Gonzalez seeing time at first base to start the year.
Gonzalez has since been released, and Juan Francisco was acquired to fill in at first. He’s been less-than-impressive, and first-base prospect Hunter Morris didn’t overwhelm during his time in Triple-A this year.
Everything combined could result in Hart returning to Milwaukee in 2014. While McCalvy doesn’t expect the Brewers to extend the two-time All-Star a qualifying offer, they could look to re-sign him to an incentive-laden contract. This would give the Brewers time to find a long-term solution at first, if it’s not Hart, and it would give the 31-year-old a chance to rebuild his value.

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Via MLB Injury News
Author: Blaine Blontz