Most of the big-name talent the Milwaukee Brewers develop or acquire finds a way out of town, but general manager Doug Melvin is determined to change that trend.
The Brewers locked up reigning National League MVP Ryan Braun and are in discussions with outfielder Corey Hart on an adjusted deal. FoxSports.com reported Hart's agent was seeking a three-year deal with Milwaukee offering a two-year extension. Hart is scheduled to earn $10 million in 2013.
"I'd like to stay with the Brewers," Hart said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "...If it happened, it would be awesome. I've played my whole career in Milwaukee and I'd like to stay there."
Hart turns 31 before the start of next season. He was injured to start the 2012 season but still batted .270 with 30 home runs and 83 RBIs, splitting time at first base and right field.
The Brewers' biggest need is for pitching, and Hart might be a candidate to be dealt if the two sides cannot reach agreement on his value.
Milwaukee has interest in bringing back right-hander Zack Greinke, who was sent to the Los Angeles Angels via trade in July. Greinke figures to be hotly pursued, but might prefer a familiar setting and be willing to take less money to return to Milwaukee. If not, the Brewers are reportedly reaching out to other starters, including former Cubs and Rangers right-hander Ryan Dempster.