Giants, Rays, Padres Eyeing Corey Hart

Brewers right fielder Corey Hart is "being eyed" by the Rays and Padres, writes John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle.  Two days ago, Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune tweeted that the Rays "appear to be getting serious" about Hart.  And don't forget the Giants, whose interest is well-known to MLBTR readers as well as Hart himself.

Hart fits a criteria shared by the Giants and Padres: he's under team control for 2011.  He has about $2.16MM remaining on this year's contract, and he'll be arbitration-eligible for 2011.  Hart posted an All-Star first half: .288/.349/.569 with 21 home runs and 65 RBIs in 338 plate appearances.  But any suitor has to be concerned that the Brewers are selling high.  Just three months ago, I wrote that Hart "stands a good chance of being non-tendered" after the 2010 season.  ESPN's Keith Law had this to say on July 8th:

"I wouldn't trade anything of value for Hart. His first half is way over his head, and hitters who can be beaten that easily would scare me if I was looking to acquire them for a playoff run."

The Giants might be wary; Shea says GM Brian Sabean "doesn't appear to be willing to move any of his starting pitchers, which the Brewers would demand."  Tommy Rancel of DRaysBay expects the Rays to take a cautionary stance as well.  As for the Padres, FOX Sports' Jim Bowden tweeted word from owner Jeff Moorad that adding a bat is secondary to starting pitching.  Perhaps the Giants, Rays, and Padres are three teams that wouldn't mind adding Hart but won't overpay to do so.


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  1. cubnation 5 years ago

    this guys mechanics are just painful to watch. I really dont think he carries these numbers through the second half. I wouldnt give up too much for him.

  2. jmag043 5 years ago

    He is a 20/20 type player. Maybe 25/20. Sure he’s playing a bit over his head, but he’s definitely got an above average bat. He’s seeing the ball this year and making good contact.

    • AisoRed 5 years ago

      He recently started using contact lenses this year. Apparently before, everything was a bit fuzzy for him. Now he can “see the ball better”.

      • coolstorybro222 5 years ago

        I just though Cory Hart in the Homerun derby was weird. I hope it doesn’t curse his second half.

      • Does he wear them at night? That might explain it.

  3. bruins11 5 years ago

    Corey Hart and Mat Gamel to the Angels in return for Mike Napoli, Trevor Reckling and Kevin Jepsen.

    • aap212 5 years ago

      Why would the Angels do that?

      • bruins11 5 years ago

        Angels have Hank Conger coming at C, Reckling has digressed but has a huge arm, Jepsen slots as a decent set up guy under team control that might evolve to closer. The Angels need a 3B for the future, obviously, Wood isn’t going to work out over there. Hart gives them some options at OF/DH and he’s affordable. The Angels need to lengthen their offense.

        • aap212 5 years ago

          Conger’s got a ways to go, if you consider that his Triple-A numbers are in one of the friendliest hitting environments in all of baseball, and it’s unclear his defense will ever be good enough for the majors, let alone Mike Scioscia. A team that values defense will never put Gamel at third base in the majors.

    • brewcrew6 5 years ago

      Why would the brewers do that, Terrible package.

    • coolstorybro222 5 years ago

      Ha. The Brewers would never get a player like Napoli. I’d see him going to Boston because of their clusterf–k at catcher with all the injuries.

  4. bucky370 5 years ago

    I’m not so sure about the “plays well defensively” part, but he was a very good hitter thru his entire career except for the 1 1/2 year lapse. At the beginning of this year he was fitted for contacts for the first time and it appears to have solved his problem. Anybody that watched him last year thought he looked lost at the plate. Just pitch it low and away and he would K just about every time. This year he’s taking them over the fence in right.

  5. dc21892 5 years ago

    This guy has shown flashes of this before so it should be no suprise to anyone. He should be able to carry these numbers through. He would best with with the Giants IMO.

  6. mikeplaza 5 years ago

    I’d rather see the Brewers trade Prince Fielder, I believe he will bring in more in regards to pitching and prospects. I think Hart wants to stay in Milwaukee and he could be signed for a reasonable price rather than Prince’s unrealistic amount. I do not want the Brewers to resign Rickie Weeks. Let Weeks play out 2nd this year and part of next year and by then Brett Lawrie should be ready. Once Lawrie is ready let Rickie Weeks walk.

  7. bucky370 5 years ago

    I’m not convinced he’s a 40 HR guy at all, but low 30’s year in and year out is very possible.

    • aap212 5 years ago

      Because he’s about to do it for the first time at 28?

  8. bucky370 5 years ago

    Problem with Prince Fielder is their are a limited # of teams that need a guy at first. So his value is lower with less teams in the mix for him. Even if you count him as DH, their aren’t enough teams willing to pay up for him. True it only takes one team to overbid for him, but I think teams are on to this game right now.

  9. I forgot to add the San Francisco Chronicle link until now. Here it is:

    link to sfgate.com

  10. I feel the Rays would be willing to trade Garza as they can bring up Hellickson to replace him in the rotation which would put them ahead of the Padres in any deal unless the Padres are willing to give up Castro.

    • Guest 5 years ago

      Castro will NOT be going anywhere (and is more likely untouchable) for a player like Hart, jus sayin.

      • I agree with you about Castro. Just saying if the Rays are willing to give up Garza its doubtful the Brewers would listen to anything the Padres have to offer unless it involves Castro. I doubt they’d be interested in a deal revolving around Luebke if the Rays are offering Garza.

      • I agree with you about Castro. Just saying if the Rays are willing to give up Garza its doubtful the Brewers would listen to anything the Padres have to offer unless it involves Castro. I doubt they’d be interested in a deal revolving around Luebke if the Rays are offering Garza.

  11. Mojogumbo 5 years ago

    The Brewers are under the impression that they have leverage from Hart’s resurgence 2010. That is also why they have been so actively pursuing suitors. His resurgence, and big 1st half numbers are not new. The Brewers are trying to strike while the irons hot. Even if he does continue to contribute at a high level throughout the remainder of 2010 they are loathe to invest any further with Hart. This information should be clear and unmistakable to any pursuers. It is very odd given what he has accomplished with the Brewers. He simply isn’t a difference maker. Whatever that is . Oh yeah , Barry Bonds , but I’m pretty sure he’s unavailable.

    • urok89 5 years ago

      I agree. Maybe that’s why the Giants are pursuing him. His bat is descent and won’t end up costing the other clubs much. I say this deal goes to who ever gives the best packaged of minor leaguers. I do think Brewers are kidding themselves for the expectation of a big payout. If the Brewers don’t see a Hart for Jonathan Sanchez deal is enough? They are fooling themselves.

      But Sanchez and a wee prospect should be enough for Hart.

      I wouldn’t expect a mega-deal but, you never know.

      • urok89 5 years ago

        Not saying the Brewers don’t deserve a good payout but, you have to be realistic. Which in some cases even the GM’s don’t have a good grasp of what is realistic.

      • magnushanso 5 years ago

        Why would the Brewers want Sanchez? If they are “selling” then Sanchez is only under control for one more year than Hart.

        Sanchez benefits from the pitchers park and the Giants defense way too much (4.30 xFIP), and has been a bit lucky this year (lower BABIP). If his BABIP gets back up around .300 his WHIP will go back to around 1.4+ with his high BB rate.

        There’s no reason for the Brewers to trade for him unless they are stupid, which they very well may be.

        • urok89 5 years ago

          It’s whatever both sides feel is right. You can make the same argument about Hart hitting at AT&T. His OBP. which was never really great might suffer even more.

          Performance wise: it’s a shot in the dark for both. But you are right you, can find a better “controllable pitcher” with a Hart trade then Sanchez.

        • urok89 5 years ago

          It’s whatever both sides feel is right. You can make the same argument about Hart hitting at AT&T. His OBP. which was never really great might suffer even more.

          Performance wise: it’s a shot in the dark for both. But you are right you, can find a better “controllable pitcher” with a Hart trade then Sanchez.

  12. Wilsonl 5 years ago

    Giants: Trade JSanchez for Hart, let Bumgarner take his spot..

    • magnushanso 5 years ago

      That would be smart for the Giants, since Sanchez is just a #4 type pitcher controlled for only 1 more year than Hart.

      Brewers would be stupid to do it, but I have no confidence in Melvin’s ability to make trades like this so it could happen. All the rumors say he is interested in Sanchez.

      • urok89 5 years ago

        He’s a number 4 on the GIANTS staff behind 2 Cy Young Winners and ALL-Star Matt Cain. Hes a strikeout pitcher with a WHIP this year of 1.29 with an opp avg of .214 and ERA of 3.47.

        Hes definitely capable of being a number 2 guy. BUUUTTT as far as team control your are correct and it’s understandable. But don’t say he’s JUST a number 4 guy.

        Team control aside. Sanchez plus prospect for Hart is fair. Given Hart’s numbers this year I’m sure they could find a pitcher more to your liking.

        • urok89 5 years ago

          If Hart continues to do well I would agree and say it’s more beneficial for the Giants.

          Gallardo-2.58
          Wolf-4.56
          Bush-4.14
          Sanchez-3.47

          Parra needs to go though lol He’s garbage. If the Brewers DO become sellers you can get some nice pitching for Fielder and Hart

        • urok89 5 years ago

          If Hart continues to do well I would agree and say it’s more beneficial for the Giants.

          Gallardo-2.58
          Wolf-4.56
          Bush-4.14
          Sanchez-3.47

          Parra needs to go though lol He’s garbage. If the Brewers DO become sellers you can get some nice pitching for Fielder and Hart

      • urok89 5 years ago

        He’s a number 4 on the GIANTS staff behind 2 Cy Young Winners and ALL-Star Matt Cain. Hes a strikeout pitcher with a WHIP this year of 1.29 with an opp avg of .214 and ERA of 3.47.

        Hes definitely capable of being a number 2 guy. BUUUTTT as far as team control your are correct and it’s understandable. But don’t say he’s JUST a number 4 guy.

        Team control aside. Sanchez plus prospect for Hart is fair. Given Hart’s numbers this year I’m sure they could find a pitcher more to your liking.

  13. brewcrew6 5 years ago

    Like I have said J.Sanchez is a minor upgrade over Bush. Melvin would be my worst enemy if he passed up a Davis, Garza, Shields trade, or a Mike Minor trade, for a fricking Sanchez. trade.

  14. Padres_Fan_2010 5 years ago

    Simon Castro and Mat Latos is never leaving and both of them are untouchable but I think I know who can the Padres trade like Tim Staffer, Keyvius Sampson, and Aaron Poreda for Corey Hart but highly doubt padres would do that but we need a Right or Left Fielder…the problem is his glove

  15. bruins11 5 years ago

    Angels would love Lyle Overbay, Scott Downs and Jose Bautista from the Jays, but the club has said they aren’t willing to part with top tier prospects for rent-a-players. Wood has been a disappointment, but does show flashes.

  16. magnushanso 5 years ago

    Corey Hart is HORRIBLE defensively! He also doesn’t get on base that well…

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