Waiting on Hart
As the clock struck noon in the lobby of the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort, Brewers officials were upstairs in the club suite still awaiting a response from free agent first baseman Corey Hart, who has a one-year offer in hand from Milwaukee that the sides adjusted during the day Tuesday. The Brewers were told Hart has at least one other good offer in hand that may feature richer incentives. Club officials stayed up past 1 a.m. ET on Wednesday morning awaiting a response — a sign of just how close this negotiation may be — before Hart’s side said it needed more time.
After a short night’s sleep, Doug Melvin & Co. were still waiting, and continuing to explore alternatives for the event that Hart says no.
Melvin heard from James Loney’s agent on Wednesday morning, and there could theoretically be opportunity there if Loney comes down from his reported three-year request. Trades with the Mets for Ike Davis or the Marlins for Logan Morrison are possible, though the Mets’ ask was pretty high for Davis, a player who struggled so mightily in 2013 that he was demoted to Triple-A at one point. New York wants Tyler Thornburg, and sounded firm on it. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke just told reporters on Tuesday afternoon that he has Thornburg penciled in as Milwaukee’s fifth starter.
The Brewers want a resolution before the end of the Winter Meetings, which close Thursday morning with the Rule 5 Draft. Stay tuned.
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