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.

Aaron Judge set a new postseason strikeout record

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For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:

The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).

It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: