The longest-tenured player in the Brewers organization instructed his agent to pass a message to the club's front office before the non-waiver Trade Deadline: He wants to stay, no matter what position he plays.
"Hopefully, it will overlap and start something," Hart said. "I've never been in this position, so I don't know what their plan is. They could obviously trade me in the offseason, but I want to stay around. Hopefully, they want me to stay around for more than next year."
Hart entered the season as the Brewers right-fielder, but with the departure of Prince Fielder this winter and Mat Gamel’s season-ending injury, the 30-year-old has been forced to man first base regularly for the first time since 2002.
Hart was drafted as a first baseman, but has made 758 of his 827 career major league starts in the outfield. He’s earning $9 million this season and is set to make $10 million in 2013, the final year of his contract.
On the season, Hart’s hit .267/.327/.495 with twenty-seven doubles and twenty-three home runs. He owns a career line of .276/.333/.488 over nine seasons with the Brewers.
Should the Brewers extend Hart?