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Hart's $3.25 million deal is done

Doug Melvin’s streak is still alive.

Melvin, who has not gone to an arbitration hearing with a player since he took the helm as the Brewers’ general manager in September 2002, avoided one with right fielder Corey Hart on Tuesday when the sides agreed to a one-year contract.

In his first year of arbitration eligibility, Hart was seeking $3.8 million in arbitration while the Brewers offered $2.7 million, and Hart said he settled right at the midpoint. He will earn $3.25 million this season.

“That was always the goal, to get to that spot,” Hart said. “It feels pretty good.”

Talks were pushed along with news of the compromise between outfielder Andre Ethier and the Dodgers, who settled on a $3.1 million deal. Ethier and Hart have posted comparable statistics over their three seasons, though Hart has more home runs and RBIs (55 and 212 to 44 and 196) while Either has the superior career batting average and on-base percentage (.299 and .364 to .277 and .323).

The Dodgers faced the same $1.1 million gap with Ethier as the Brewers do with Hart. Ethier asked for $3.75 million and the club offered $2.65 million, and the sides settled for just below the midpoint. That deal does include $100,000 in incentives that would push Ethier’s salary to precisely the midpoint.

Hart still hopes to avoid arbitration hearing

Unfinished business couldn’t keep Brewers outfielder Corey Hart from the practice fields on Sunday.   

Hart still does not have a 2009 contract, and each day brings him closer to the unpleasant reality of an arbitration hearing that’s scheduled for Wednesday. Yet Hart was among the Brewers position players who reported early for camp, and he’s trying to keep his business separate from baseball.

“I know a lot of guys don’t like to come in before things get settled, but I want to be part of this team from Day 1,” Hart said after taking batting practice and participating in fielding drills at Maryvale Baseball Park. “If I wasn’t here, I’d be sitting at home kicking myself, thinking there was something better I should be doing.”

Hart remains hopeful that a deal will be struck before his hearing on Wednesday at a Phoenix-area hotel. That would be good news for the Brewers, who have not seen a case go that far since before general manager Doug Melvin’s tenure began in September 2002.

In his first year of eligibility, Hart is seeking $3.8 million in arbitration while the Brewers offered $2.7 million. The sides have been talking for nearly a month with little reportable progress.

“I think [a compromise] is going to happen,” Hart said. “I’m trying to stay out of it as much as I can, but I think we’re all hoping that something is going to happen. Obviously, nobody wants a hearing and I love everything about Milwaukee from the owner on down. I have nothing to say to put them down because I’ve enjoyed it, and I think they know that.”

Brewers, Hart still at a stalemate

Just landed in sunny Phoenix, where I hope to broker peace between the Brewers and arbitration-eligible outfielder Corey Hart. They appear to need all the help they can get right now.

Here’s some of a story I just filed:

PHOENIX — Asked whether there was anything new to report on negotiations between the Brewers and arbitration-eligible outfielder Corey Hart, one of the team’s top officials gave a short-and-sweet response.

“Not a thing,” assistant general manager Gord Ash said on Friday afternoon.

That’s not a good sign for the Brewers, who have not gone to an arbitration hearing with a player since general manager Doug Melvin took over in the fall of 2002. That could change on Wednesday, when the team faces a hearing with Hart.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Brewers made their latest offer to Hart and his agent, Jeff Berry, on Friday and it was rejected. Hart, who is arbitration-eligible for the first time, is seeking $3.8 million for 2009 and the Brewers countered at $2.7 million.

If the sides cannot reach a compromise, Hart’s arbitration hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, a few miles away from the site of the Brewers’ first full-squad workout at Maryvale Baseball Park.

An interesting test case could be heard on Tuesday, when the Dodgers and outfielder Andre Ethier are scheduled for a hearing. The Dodgers face the same $1.1 million gap with Ethier as the Brewers do with Hart, and Either is somewhat comparable to Hart, with a better career batting average but slightly lower home run and RBI totals.  

Ethier asked for $3.75 million and the club offered $2.65 million.