HOUSTON -- Astros pitcher Brett Myers parlayed his bounce-back season into a contract extension. Now that the trade talk has settled, Brewers outfielder Corey Hart would love to discuss being next.
Hart has been making public his desire to remain in Milwaukee for the long term, just in case club officials had any doubts. A 2000 Brewers Draft pick, Hart is still under club control for this year and next before reaching free agency following the 2011 season.
He'd like to stay longer.
"They know that," Hart said. "I think, obviously, there are different variables. They have to figure out what to do with Prince [Fielder, who is on the same contractual timetable as Hart] and whether I'm part of what their long-term [plan] is."
Hart made the National League All-Star team this season and entered Sunday's game hitting .289 with 22 home runs and 70 RBIs.
The Brewers have never exactly cruised through negotiations with Hart's agent, Jeff Berry. In 2008, Hart's final pre-arbitration season, the sides were unable to reach a compromise and the Brewers renewed Hart's contract for $444,000. In '09, after initial talks about an extension didn't progress, the sides didn't strike a deal until the eve of a scheduled arbitration hearing. Earlier this year, the sides couldn't find common ground and went all the way to a hearing, the Brewers' first such case since 1998. Hart won, and is earning $4.8 million this season.
"Hopefully, something can escalate," Hart said. "We've tried to throw it out there in case [the Brewers] wanted to explore that. At the same time, they know where we stand."