Hypothetically Speaking: Would You Trade Corey Hart for Kenshin Kawakami?

Josh LevittSenior Analyst IOctober 8, 2009

MILWAUKEE - MAY 10: Corey Hart #1 of the Milwaukee Brewers takes a swing against the Chicago Cubs on May 10, 2009 at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Cubs defeated the Brewers 4-2.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

As we all know by now:

1. The Braves need a big bat to compliment Brian McCann and Chipper Jones in the lineup. They have a surplus of starting pitchers to part with because of the emergence of Tommy Hanson.

2. The Brewers need a frontline pitcher to pair with Yovani Gallardo in 2010 if they have any chance of making the playoffs

With those needs in mind, let's make a deal. Here is the (hypothetical) offer on the table: Braves trade Kenshin Kawakami to the Milwaukee Brewers for OF Corey Hart.

Would you do it? Let's lay out the pros and cons for each side:

Why the Braves would do it:
-Acquire the big bat they've been searching for
-Get rid of their surplus of starting pitchers
-Hart is under team control until after 2012

Why the Brewers would do it:
-Kawakami gives them a front-line pitcher to pair with Gallardo
-Good price: two years and $13.3 million remaining on deal
-Don't have to deal Prince Fielder to acquire a quality pitcher
-Not taking on too much salary in 2010 or 2011 (Hart will make around $4 million in 2010 and probably will see a raise in 2011 compared to $6.6 million for Kawakami in 2010 and 2011)

Why the Braves wouldn't do it:
-Is Hart simply Jeff Franceour 2.0?
-Will Hart help solve their offensive woes?

Why the Brewers wouldn't do it:
-Do they really want to part with Hart?
-Who would replace Corey Hart in RF?


This is a tough one for the Brewers. On one hand, they would get a very good starting pitcher, which they covet. But on the other hand, I don't think moving Hart would be a popular move with the fan base. Hart had a down year in 2009, but he is a premium talent and those aren't easy to give up on.

So I'll ask again: would you make this deal? Does this make sense...?



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