Hello again everyone and welcome to the Wednesday morning edition of Brewer Daily News. As the offseason rages on, free-agent first baseman Corey Hart continues to look for a home and more teams are showing interest in him. Secondly, with the Surprise Saguaros winning the Arizona Fall League Championship, three Milwaukee Brewers’ prospects celebrate another big win after one in 2012.
The Brewers aren’t alone in a pursuit of first baseman Corey Hart. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Hart, 31, has drawn the interest of four teams this offseason, namely the Brewers, the Boston Red Sox, the Tampa Bay Rays and the Colorado Rockies. This past season, Hart missed the entire year due to knee surgeries, but has been working on the road to recovery for 2014. Now, Hart is just waiting to get fully cleared by doctors to sign a contract with a suitor.
"“It’s frustrating because throughout my career I haven’t really been hurt a whole lot,” Hart said. “I’ve had a few injuries here and there, but I haven’t really missed any time.” – via Brewers.com"
The Brewers have not reached out to Hart just yet as general manager Doug Melvin said he’ll look around the league for options. That said, re-signing Hart would make a lot of sense for the Brew Crew who desperately need a first baseman as no one on the roster currently fits the bill.
It was just last year that Brewers’ pitching prospects Kevin Shackelford, Tyler Cravy and David Goforth were celebrating a championship with the Single-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Just this past Saturday, the three were a part of a Saguaros team that won the championship game over the Mesa Solar Sox.
"“That’s rare that you can do that back-to-back years,” Goforth said. “A lot of players go their whole career trying to win a ring, and we’ve done it two years in a row.” – via Brewers.com"
The trio did well in the Arizona Fall League and will look to try and continue that success in the minors next season. Today however marks the deadline for the Rule 5 Draft in which Cravy and Shackelford are eligible to be drafted, so they could start next year with another team.
Around the web, Noah Jarosh of Brew Crew Ball looks at Juan Francisco as a part of their “Lesser Brewers” series. At Yahoo Sports, Dave Radcliffe talks about the rumors of the Brewers favoring Hart over the New York Mets’ Ike Davis.