Corey Hart wants to remain in Milwaukee for the entirety of his career — that much is certain.
“I’m comfortable here, my family is comfortable here. We don’t want to go anywhere else,” Hart told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel late last August. “I wanted to make sure they knew I wanted to stay. I’d like to play my whole career in Milwaukee.”
But do the Brewers want Hart? The answer to that question is becoming more certain with each passing day.
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Brewers are discussing a new deal with their 30-year-old first baseman. Still under contract through the end of the 2013 season, Hart is reportedly pursuing a three-year contract extension with the club. If the Brewers had it their way, they’d most likely opt for a two-year deal while increasing the $10 Million salary he is set to earn next season.
Transitioning from right field to first base, Hart committed just four errors in 103 games at first-base and a 8.45 range factor in 103 games.
Hart is the longest tenured player on Milwaukee’s roster heading into the 2013. He hit .270/.334/.507 with 30 home runs and a .358 wOBA, 125 wRC+ and 2.9 WAR, according to FanGraphs.
After placing Jose Veras on waivers Wednesday and outrighting outfielder Nyjer Morgan to triple-A Nashville Thursday, the Brewers made yet another roster transaction Friday when it was announced that the club claimed right-handed relief pitcher Arcenio Leon.
Signed by the Houston Astros as a non-draft pick free agent as an 18-year-old from Venezuela, Lion, 26, made 44 appearances out of the bullpen as a member of Houston’s double-A affiliate in 2012. He went 3-2 with a 4.38 ERA and 1.46 WHIP, striking out 58 while walking 33 over 63.2 total innings.