In the time that he has been the General Manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, Doug Melvin has been able to avoid heading to arbitration in every single possible scenario. With the Brewers and outfielder Corey Hart agreeing to a one-year, $3.25 million contract on Tuesday, that streak was kept alive.
Hart and the Brewers were $1.1 million apart when they first submitted their figures for a contract this season. Hart was asking for $3.8 million, while the Brewers had submitted a figure of $2.7 million.
Ultimately, the two sides decided on a deal right smack in the middle, and Hart was able to make it to camp instead of sitting through arbitration hearings. The contract has includes certain incentive bonuses, including $50,000 if Hart makes the All-Star game again.
I'm glad that they were able to come to terms so that Hart could get on the field right away. I'm also glad that Hart is interested in a multi-year contract which would keep him in Milwaukee for a long, long time—but only if he learns from his mistakes of being the worst September player in the history of baseball.
I couldn't have been more high on Corey last season, even purchasing an All-Star game jersey shirt of his at one point last summer. But Hart nearly single-handily cost the Crew a spot in the playoffs, as his plate discipline grew weaker, and his appetite for swinging at strike three low and away grew stronger.
So yeah, don't do that again.