The Brewers give Corey Hart a three-year extension

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UPDATE: Buster tweets that Hart’s extension is for $26.5 million over three years.

9:30 A.M.: The subject of trade rumors for weeks, Corey Hart remained a Brewer after Saturday’s deadline hit.  And he’ll remain a Brewer for some time into the future as well, given that Milwaukee just announced that Hart has agreed to a three-year extension
through the 2013 season.

According to Tom Haudricourt, the deal buys out the final year of
Hart’s arbitration eligibility in 2011 as well as
his first two years of free agency.

No financial terms were released but Haudricourt suspects that the deal is worth close
to $25 million based on what he’s making now and what he could expect to get in arbitration.

Hart is hitting .288/.346/.565 this season. If he holds up over the next two months it will certainly be his best season in the majors, but it’s not like this is so far removed from his past performance that we can’t expect him to be productive over the next three seasons and, more or less, worth his contract.

Noah Syndergaard scratched with a “tired arm”

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Mets manager Terry Collins says that he has scratched Noah Syndergaard, who was supposed to start this afternoon’s game against the Braves. In his place will go Matt Harvey.

Syndergaard, Collins says, has “tired arm.” But also says he has some discomfort in his right biceps. He will have an MRI, but Syndergaard says it’s not serious and that he could pitch as soon as Sunday. Collins says this is an abundance-of-caution type thing, saying “we can’t take a chance on this guy.” Which is true.

The Mets ace is 1-1 with a 1.73 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 26 innings. He has walked no one this year. Not a soul.

James Paxton has a fantastic new nickname

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James Paxton of the Mariners is 3-0 with a 1.39 ERA, 39 strikeouts and only six walks in 32.1 innings of work over five starts. Last night he shut the Tigers down, tossing seven shutout innings, striking out nine and allowing only four hits. With Felix Hernandez looking less than king-like lately, Paxton is asserting himself as the new ace of the Seattle staff.

And now the tall Canadian native has a nickname to match his ace-like status:

“Pax was really outstanding and we certainly needed it,” manager Scott Servais said of the Canadian southpaw. “Big Maple is what he was nicknamed tonight and I kind of like that. He was awesome.”

“Big Maple” is a fantastic nickname. That’s the sort of nickname guys used to get back when nicknames were great. Before managers just put “y” at the end of dudes’ names and before the “First Initial-First Three Letters of The Last Name” convention took hold in the wake of A-Rod.

“Big Maple.” That makes me smile. I’m gonna be smiling all dang day because of that.