Contract talks on back burner

If it seems like it’s been a while since talk of contract extensions for the likes of Yovani Gallardo or Corey Hart, it’s because there has been little movement on the matter.

“We’ve had conversations with both players and agents and it’s a two-way street,” principal owner Mark Attanasio said Friday before his fifth home opener in Milwaukee. “Players are tending to look at being on the upswing of their careers and we’re in a downtown of the economy. That’s their choice.

“I’m not saying we’re cutting discussions off, because I think we might have discussions with one of those players even as we speak.”

Attanasio would not identify the player. Neither would general manager Doug Melvin, who said there had “not really” been contact with Jeff Berry — the agent for Hart — or Bobby Witt — who represents Gallardo — since those players agreed to their 2009 contracts in February.

“It’s not on the agenda,” Melvin said. “If we feel there is a point we should talk again, we’ll do that. If we do something, it will probably be on the quiet side. That’s how Ryan’s [Ryan Braun’s] got done.”

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