The Brewers opted not to tender a qualifying offer to rehabbing free agent Corey Hart on Monday but remain open to re-signing the first baseman to a lesser contract later this winter, general manager Doug Melvin said.
Teams had until 4 p.m. CT on Monday to extend one-year, $14.1 million contracts to their free agents in order to secure a compensatory pick in next year’s Draft should that player decline the offer and sign elsewhere. The Brewers deemed that too big a risk with Hart, who missed the entire 2013 season while recovering from surgery on both of his knees.
Hart, who contributed 30 home runs and 83 RBIs while transitioning from right field to first base in 2012, is one of three Brewers free agents, along with reliever Michael Gonzalez and infielder Yuniesky Betancourt.
“I talked to Corey’s agent [Jeff Berry] last week and just said we would check…
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